As the trade deadline is a week away, the Charlotte Hornets should take a look at one of the New York Knicks’ centers.
On Tuesday night, the Charlotte Hornets managed to end an eight-game losing streak against the New York Knicks. This win comes off the impressive play from multiple players on the roster, including Terry Rozier.
Even after the win by the Hornets, a clear need for a rim protector is still there. In the win, the Hornets were outscored in the paint 50-40, with multiple players scoring 20+ points.
Fans have been used to the Hornets, giving up a lot of points in the paint all season, and this was just another night. On the season, the Hornets are allowing 51.7 points in the paint per game, ranking them the 26th worst team in paint defense.
While the Knicks lost this game, Mitchell Robinson still stood out. As a bench player in the game, Robinson finished with 4 points, ten rebounds, and five blocks.
This game completely overshadows the inconsistent season that he’s had at times. In just 44 games played, Robinson has averaged 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.
While Robinson has been primarily known as a defender, he’s also been very effective on offense. Even though Robinson is not averaging over 10+ points per game, he’s been shooting an impressive 72% from the floor.
Robinson has a lot of raw offensive talent, but he’s been making shots at a consistent rate. Under a different system that values their young players, he could improve at a faster rate.
Overall, the defense is the main thing Charlotte should be looking at moving forward. In just two seasons with the Knicks, he’s amassed 243 career blocks, making him the ideal young shot-blocker that many teams could use.
He’s got the height, size, and vertical jump to contiune blocking shots at a hot clip. This type of athleticism is scarce in the Hornets’ frontcourt, as Bismack Biyombo is the only defensive-minded center on the roster. with good length.
However, for the Hornets to pry Robinson from the Knicks, they will need to come up with an offer of equal value. As of now, the Knicks are still interested in Malik Monk, but that will not be enough.
The Hornets may have the assets to make a move for Robinson, but it will be interesting to see if the team makes a move. The Hornets have not made a move at the trade deadline since the team traded with the Knicks to acquire Willy Hernangomez in 2018.
The Hornets have four games left to play until the February 6th trade deadline. As usual, the team will likely make fans wait until the day of the deadline if they decide to make a move.