David Fizdale believes Mitchell Robinson will benefit from time in the G League as the New York Knicks plan to develop him at his own pace.
The New York Knicks may have stolen a lottery talent in the second round. The team took Mitchell Robinson with the 36th pick of the draft despite Robinson leaving Western Kentucky and taking a year off to prepare for the draft.
Robinson’s talent is undeniable, but after taking a year off from competitive basketball, the Knicks are willing to bring him along slowly. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, David Fizdale plans to let Robinson spend some time with the Westchester Knicks — New York’s G-League affiliate. Fizdale made sure to note that Robinson will be splitting his time between the two.
Although fans may want to see Robinson take on a full-time role with the New York Knicks, it’s best for Robinson to spend some time developing in Westchester. He is still very raw and needs to work on things like post defense, setting screens, and overall physicality.
I believed the Knicks would utilize this approach with Robinson — even after his standout summer league performance. But after a strong performance in the team’s first preseason game against the Washington Wizards, I began drinking the Kool-Aid as well.
But even with the news that he will need to gain experience and reps in Westchester, Robinson remained upbeat. He told Ian Begley of ESPN:
“Honestly, I wouldn’t mind it. Wherever coach needs me to be is where I’m apt to go. I think he has my best interest (in mind), so whatever he need me to do I’m there.
“Honestly, I feel like it would help a lot. Sitting out out a year of college, (I could) get a few extra runs in.”
This decision from Fizdale and subsequent response from Robinson are evidence that the culture is being built. The team is willing to take the patient approach with their young talent and Robinson is embracing whatever the team thinks is best for him.