1. Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks
Robinson is not a valuable offensive player outside of dunking the basketball, but he is still one of the most promising defensive bigs in the Eastern Conference. Toronto doesn’t need another 20-point-per-game scorer, but they could stand to get taller down in the paint.
Robinson averaged 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. While the Louisiana native has been linked to his hometown Pelicans in addition to the height-needy Mavericks, Toronto’s need for someone with his exact skillset could prompt Masai Ujiri to overpay to secure his services.
Mitchell Robinson makes sense for the Toronto Raptors.
The lack of improvement from Robinson is concerning. Robinson’s scoring and blocks declined from his breakout 2019-20 season, and he also saw his minutes take a slight downturn. Given the fact that he offers no scoring value outside of the paint, Robinson is purely a defensive signing who can also crash the boards.
The Raptors have Khem Birch on the roster with the sole purpose of rebounding the ball and giving opposing bogs a tough time inside. Unfortunately, he looked like the fringe roster player we saw in Orlando. Strictly when compared to Birch, Robinson is a much better player.