October 13, 2020, 9:07 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that the Knicks are seriously mulling trading back in the draft, unless big man James Wiseman or point guard LaMelo Ball fall back to the eighth spot.
The Knicks seem to be high on Ball and Wiseman while they haven’t been as excited yet with any other prospect in what appears to be a consensus weak draft. It is a little surprising that New York is after Wiseman considering they have center Mitchell Robinson, but the big man didn’t participate in the recent individual workouts for personal reasons. Teams right behind the Knicks are the Wizards (9), the Suns (10), the Spurs (11), the Kings (12), the Pelicans (13), the Celtics (14) and the Magic (15). Look for more rumors to come up as we approach this year’s draft night.
Source: NY Post
September 23, 2020, 12:04 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Personal reasons will prevent Mitchell Robinson from participating in the Knicks' upcoming bubble training camp, per Ian Begley of SNY.
Begley adds that Robinson does not have COVID-19 and that he was able to participate in individual workouts last week. It's a bit disappointing that Robinson won't be there to build chemistry and learn Tom Thibodeau's system with the rest of the group but this shouldn't have much impact on him moving forward. Thibs plays his main players a ton, and if Robinson can earn the starting job (he started just seven times in 61 appearances last season) he could be in for a big campaign.
August 11, 2020, 10:59 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Tom Thibodeau made the first addition to his coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Kenny Payne as an assistant.
Payne has spent the last 10 years at Kentucky, where he has been John Calipari’s associate head coach since 2014. He also spent five seasons as an assistant with Oregon and will now be reunited with former Wildcats Julius Randle and Kevin Knox. The Knicks are determined to slowly turn the page but we need to see even more strong basketball decisions for the Mecca of basketball to become relevant again.
July 15, 2020, 4:53 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
In his second season, Mitchell Robinson started in just seven out of a possible 61 contests but produced the highest per-game value of any player on the team with 82/54 value in 8/9-cat formats.
The Knicks gave fantasy GMs a real head-scratcher as they chose to start 35-year-old Taj Gibson over 21-year-old Robinson. This is especially surprising as the Knicks were out of contention early on in the year. Robinson is the most attractive Knicks player from a fantasy perspective as he was able to swat away 2.0 shots per game, good for seventh overall in the league. He also posted 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 turnovers on a league-leading .742 field goal percentage. He did not shoot well at the free throw line (.568) but only went to the line 2.4 times a contest. Robinson had an fourth-round ADP so he did disappoint fantasy GMs who drafted him with the thought that he would see a much larger opportunity after an impressive rookie season. Mitch-Rob looks like he will continue to be amongst the league-leaders in blocks and field goal percentage for years to come and could see his fantasy game explode if he is given more of a leash.
July 15, 2020, 4:36 pmTaj GibsonPF, New York Knicks
Taj Gibson averaged 16.5 mpg across 62 games in his first season for the Knicks and produced 277/266 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues.
It surprised many that the Knicks chose to start Gibson over second-year player Mitchell Robinson, who only saw seven starts throughout the year. The former USC Trojan averaged 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 turnovers while shooting .584 from the field and .732 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a team option for Gibson for the 2020-21 campaign around $10M with $1M guaranteed. It may be in the team's best interest to move on from the 35-year-old in favor of developing young talent but Gibson could be retained if the team feels that he will help in the locker room as a veteran presence. Regardless, Gibson should not be expected to finish higher than the top-250 in any future seasons as he is past his prime.
June 19, 2020, 8:37 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Current Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley has received permission to interview for the Knicks vacancy at head coach, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Newly-minted Knicks president Leon Rose is seemingly trying to exhaust all of his options in terms of filling the Knicks head coaching position. And it's hard to blame him, as the Knicks are the midst of the worst stretch in franchise history and have had a number of flops recently as far as head coaching hirings are concerned. Tom Thibodeau is widely thought to be in the driver's seat for the job, but Rose seems to want to interview as many candidates as possible and make a calculated decision. Only time will tell, and there are bigger fish to fry at the moment.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
April 26, 2020, 8:38 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that the NBA will find practice facilities to accommodate the Knicks and Nets players if they are unable to access their facilities in the New York area.
This plan would also cover teams in other COVID-19 hotspots across the country. The players are scattered well beyond the confines of New York and could wind up having individual sessions in other NBA team's facilities. To be clear, this is a baby step in the reopening process, and the entire situation remains as fluid as ever. Nonetheless, it's good to see the league pursuing the resumption of limited activities.
Source: NY Post
April 22, 2020, 7:59 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Knicks Owner James Dolan has fully recovered after testing positive for coronavirus over three weeks ago.
Dolan will join many athletes in donating his blood plasma for medical trials. He was reported as having "little to no symptoms" when he tested positive and was continuing to work under quarantine. Fortunately, he has made a full recovery and is helping medical research through his donation.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
April 14, 2020, 12:45 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
According to Ian Begley of SNY, Tom Thibodeau is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Knicks.
It's almost a certainty that Mike Miller won't be brought back for next season,, and Leon Rose will look to bring in his own guy. Bagley mentioned that "several coaches and people with a vetted interest in Leon Rose's first coaching hire believe it will ultimately be Tom Thibodeau." Thibodeau, for his own right, expects to be a head coach somehwere next season, so there is smoke to this fire. Thibodeau isn't known for player development, so this will be quite an interesting pair for a team in the midst of a rebuild. If anything, Thibodeau loves defense and to ride his ponies into the ground, so Mitchell Robinson may be unleashed right off the bat if Thibs were to get the gig.
March 28, 2020, 10:21 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Knicks owner James Dolan tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday.
Dolan is in self-isolation and fortunately has "little to no symptoms". The Knicks' press release said that Dolan "continues to oversee business operations" which is hopefully, a good indicator that Dolan is feeling well.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 17, 2020, 1:35 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Ian Begley of SNY is reporting that some inside the Knicks front office are "enamored" with pending free agent Christain Wood.
The Knicks overhauled their frontcourt last offseason with the additions of Juluis Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson joining Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox. The Knicks have since traded Morris and can decline Portis' 2020-21 team option if needed. Wood and the Knicks would make an interesting pairing, but this would once again curb the upside of Mitchell Robinson.
Source: Sports New York
March 11, 2020, 10:42 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson scored 16 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting on Wednesday, also collecting six rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes off the bench.
It's nice to see the points total staying in the teens for Robinson recently. Coupled with the shooting percentage and blocks, he can be a really solid contributor to fantasy teams needing big man stats.
March 10, 2020, 7:23 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson (illness) appears to be on the active roster for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
The Knicks never updated Robinson's status so DFS players had to pivot in another direction. If Robinson is not a healthy scratch, he should have a productive night against a softer Wizards frontcourt. The media restrictions are going to be tough navigating for the fantasy community in the coming weeks.
March 10, 2020, 3:58 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson (illness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
Robinson missed a game last week but played nearly 30 minutes in Sunday's win against the Pistons. If he can't play, Bobby Portis would be the biggest beneficiary. Keep an eye on his status as the day moves along.
Source: NBA Injury Report