The mysterious and amusing case of Mitchell Robinson

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<p class = "canvas-canvas-text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The best blocker in the NBA is a rookie dishonest 20-year-old, drafted in the second round after failing to play college basketball, to retire from what would become the worst team in the league. Mitchell Robinson, one of the rare redemptive factors in a season of putrefaction Knicks basketball. New York is sorely lacking in competence. Most of their games are design losses. Some teams play for the title, some for progress, others to prove something to their own free agents. The Knicks play for Zion Williamson. "data-reactid =" 22 "> The best blocker in the NBA is a dishonest 20-year-old rookie recruited in the second round after playing no college basketball game to become what would become the the legend of Mitchell Robinson, one of the few redeeming factors in a puzzling Knicks basketball season, New York is sorely lacking in skill and most of his games are defeats, with some teams playing for the title, some for progress, others to prove something to their own free agents imminent. The Knicks play for Zion Williamson.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In the end, this makes it a pitiful watch. Young New York line-up players play unprepared roles, often on the ground without worrying about their environment, and then, about 20 minutes a night, Robinson goes to the field to try to block all. Layups, runners, pull-ups, up-and-under. Robinson is not difficult; he will embark on a gluttonous indulgence attempt and the result will be spectacular. After entering the disaster of Wednesday night in a match against the Suns, Mitchell only took a few minutes to score a shot Deandre Ayton, the award-winning rookie wrote 35 seats in front of him. Phoenix released the ground to allow Ayton to work in the left block, only to see his shot from the stuffed sketch before he left his hand: "data-reactid =" 23 "> In the end, this makes a pitiful shows. Young New York players roles they are unprepared and often navigate the ground without worrying about what surrounds them, then about 20 minutes a night, Robinson will go to court to try to block all. Layups, runners, pull-ups, up-and-under. Robinson is not difficult; he will embark on a gluttonous indulgence attempt and the result will be spectacular. After facing the disaster Wednesday night against the Suns, it took only minutes for Mitchell to score a shot from Deandre Ayton. The award-winning rookie scored 35 points in front of him. Phoenix cleared the ground for Ayton to work in the left block, only to see his shot from the stuffed hooks before he left his hand:

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Later in this same game, Robinson helped to contain Devin Booker Booker thought that it was better not to lob a pass over the goal, although his discretion allowed him to his original defender, Damyean Dotson, to recover completely. Robinson returned to painting, his responsibilities fulfilled. He arrived just in time to erase a Josh Jackson dunk attempt: "data-reactid =" 26 "> Later, in the same game, Robinson helped to contain Devin Booker on a highly advanced ranking game by deploying the game. its entire 7 "1" frame at its maximum range. Booker thought that it was better to avoid a pass over, although, at his discretion, his original defender, Damyean Dotson, recovered completely. Robinson returned to painting, his responsibilities fulfilled. He arrived just in time to clear a Josh Jackson dunk attempt:

It's an absurd scale game. It's hard enough for most of the big guys to cross the road in time to block aid. Here, the rookie center only rises up to 40 feet from the ledge to immediately cover enough ground to stop a ride along the base line. There is not much caution in Robinson's game yet, but he often compensates for it by supernatural strength. Robinson blocked four shots in just 22 minutes against Phoenix, typical of a typical day's work. Robinson comes in, buzzes on the floor in turn and comes out with a mixture of captivating blocks and bold mistakes.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "This only takes a minute firing attempt With every 36 minutes of action, Robinson saves 4.5 blocks while encrusting himself enough to disqualify himself.This is enough to make a coaching staff crazy, but also to awaken their curiosity as as development professionals.It is worth investing, let alone instinct of scholarly and timing.Robinson is a natural.It is so natural that he is a little vague about the fundamentals, perhaps, but still natural, only one player, Manute Bol, is present. History of the Basketball-Reference Database blocked more attempts from the opposing team by two points while he is on the ground. And if that is the case, reducing the frame to two-point attempts, while being kind to most firing blockers, does not capture the full value of Robinson. Part of what makes the young Knick so curious is that games like this: "data-reactid =" 30 "> It takes only a tiny attempt to shoot to get Robinson off his feet. 36 minutes of action, Robinson records 4.5 players while being fouled enough to disqualify himself.This is enough to make the coaches crazy, but also to arouse their curiosity as development professionals. Seven-footed player would be agile, let alone with scholarly instinct and timing.Robinson is a natural player, so natural that he may be a bit confused about fundamentals, but still natural.Only a player, Manute Bowl, the history of the Basketball-Reference database has blocked more than two players from the opposing team and, if necessary, reduce the frame to two attempts, while being nice to most of the blockers of shot, fails to capture all the value A part of what makes young Knick so curious are games like this:

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In a league where the lines of efficiency for central position is constantly pushed back, a prospect like Robinson could be redesigned on an exceptional basis.In just 918 minutes, Robinson has blocked more than three point total attempts this season than any other player and, by the way, only half of the teams in the NBA. When a shooter gets up quickly after a high screen, Robinson jumped in the air to change the shot. After changing to cover faster guards, he persuaded them to take a three before shooting the ball in full flight. Robinson even caught up Troy Daniels Wednesday, three steps behind, blocking what in many cases is an unstoppable shot: "data-reactid =" 33 "> In a league where the limits of efficiency of the central position are constantly pushed back, a perspective As Robinson could In just 918 minutes, Robinson has blocked more three-point attempts this season than any other player – and, in fact, only half of the NBA teams – when a shooter gets up quickly after a big Robinson jumped into the air to change the shot, and after replacing faster guards, he persuaded them to take a 3 and then a shot in the air, and Robinson even caught up with Troy Daniels by three on Wednesday. ., blocking what in many cases is a blow impossible to block:

There is something there, no matter how neat it sounds. What makes the modern game so untenable for the centers, is the way a style dominated by a perimeter attenuates what they do best. Remove a large piece of paint and not only could it drown in a clear space, but it will be less likely to take a rebound and will not deter the secondary attack. Robinson puts forward a contrary theory: what happens if a seven-footer does not stay on the three-point line, but adds a defensive value? What happens if the same player who protects the rim could also protect himself from the three quick throws?

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Robinson's game, in its current form, is both a basketball and performance art game. It is unclear whether such an aggressive player in the pursuit of blocks could be a winning contributor, in the same way that some of the best three point specialists in recent years have been misleading and useless. Professional-level basketball is more than just mastering one skill. The mystery, in Robinson's case, makes it fun. At the heart of the rotation of a team that has lost 23 of its last 26 matches, a thought experiment comes to life: a weight blocker whose internal warrant to jump at every attempt could actually help break the mold.