The New York Knicks will have a tough decision to make in the coming months about what to do with starting center, Mitchell Robinson. Robinson is entering the fourth season of his NBA career and is eligible for a contract extension that can be agreed to any time between now and the eve of free agency.
For the Knicks, this is unchartered territory. Charlie Ward is the last player that the franchise drafted who signed a multi-year extension with the team.
Ward was selected in the 1994 NBA Draft, meaning there is a large chunk of Knicks fans who have never seen the team retain a draft pick beyond their rookie contract.
Robinson is in line to be the first one to do that, but it reportedly won’t be any time soon. The Knicks are expected to wait on giving a contract extension to Robinson. New York is making the right decision in waiting to extend Robinson.
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Robinson was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was enrolled at Western Kentucky but ended up not playing college basketball. So, when the Knicks selected him, Robinson hadn’t played organized basketball in well over a year.
The rust was evident, but his immense talent shined through as well. Robinson had a great rookie season, especially considering the circumstances. He made his presence known as a rim protector from the beginning, blocking 2.4 shots in only 20.6 minutes per game as a rookie.