Preseason popularity usually leads to a certain trend following drafts. Roster drops. The highly-touted buzz players who don’t pan out in the first few weeks of the season end up being on the waiver wire earlier than expected. This is when we pounce, Razzball Nation. Players like Cedi Osman, Jonathan Isaac, and Pascal Siakam have been dropped everywhere. Today I will focus on someone who likely is sitting on the wire in your league but should be added immediately. Mitchell Robinson. That’s right, if Robinson is available in your league, stop reading this and go pick him up. Oh, you’re not sure? Stop reading and go check your waiver wire. Yes, if he is there go ahead and pick him up. I will wait… Ok, you’re back. Now let me explain why.
The Knicks are in the midst of a rebuild. Enough said. I can end the article right there and you can fill in the blanks, but that isn’t much fun. Robinson has a game this past week where he played 34 minutes and went 13 & 10 with 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block. He followed that performance up with 26 minutes of 10 & 6 ball. Four personal fouls held Robinson to 11 minutes on Monday against the Bulls, not to mention Enes Kanter going off with a massive performance 23 points and 24 rebounds off the bench. With that in mind, Robinson is going to get a lot of run as he continues to mature and develop.
A summer league and preseason darling, Robinson was quickly being touted as a steal for the Knicks in the second round. After not playing his freshman season at Western Kentucky, Robinson decided to go to the pros, and the lack of tape caused the talented seven-footer to slip in the draft. Our very own Craig compared Robinson to DeAndre Jordan. Not too shabby. Here is a player on a tanking, but entertaining team. The Knicks will be fun to watch even when they aren’t winning, and seeing Robinson develop will be all the rage. Add in Allonzo Trier and eventually a healthy Kevin Knox and you have a rookie tandem that could make a major impact. The Trey Burke comeback story and the development of Damyean Dotson are exciting as well. If you need blocks and boards, Robinson is a great flier, and the minutes he has been accruing is reason enough to add him today.