Mitchell Robinson has shown tons of potential with the skills and tools he possess. Even with that, it would be difficult to throw him out in the fire on day one since he has played in seven games in the past year. Since those were just Summer League and preseason games, it won’t be a surprise to see the No. 36 pick spend time with the Westchester Knicks.
The big man said he “wouldn't mind” spending time with the Westchester Knicks and feels like it “would help a lot”, per Ian Begley of ESPN. Fizdale also added, per Begley: “He’s so raw. Every day is new to him. He absorbs stuff pretty quickly. I would say every day he does something different that makes the whole gym go, ‘oh.’ .... He’s very diligent about his work.”
Time in Westchester makes sense. The competition in the G League isn't on par with the NBA, but the level of play is strong. There are many former first-round picks that are looking to prove their case to get a second chance in the Association, second-round and undrafted players that are hungry to carve out their roles with their teams, two-way players and assignee players that could see action throughout the season.
Westchester had a successful season last year in terms of development, so his growth will continue to trend upwards during his assignment stints in his rookie season. By spending time in the G League, Robinson will likely play close to 25 minutes a night and will get tons of reps with the team. In the long run, time in Westchester will benefit the Knicks’ rookie.