New York Knicks Center Not "Satisfied" After Payday

The New York Knicks finished 11th last season in the Eastern Conference. A disappointing outcome after making it to the playoffs in 2020-2021 where they lost in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks. In the offseason, they re-signed R.J Barret to a four-year extension. They then added free agent Jalen Brunson on a four-year deal. Another key re-signing has been Mitchell Robinson, who is not "satisfied" after receiving his contract extension.

Robinson averaged 8.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game last season for the Knicks. He was also fourth in the league in blocks per game with 1.8. What should be highlighted here is the efficiency with which he scored the basketball. He posted a 76% field goal percentage, although he did not have many field goal attempts, 3.5, per game. That is something the Knicks are hoping he improves on for the upcoming season. 

The four-year extension signed by the Knicks center has him excited about what the future might bring. He vows to continue to work hard on his game and "enjoy it as much as I can." He also realizes that not many "7-footers gonna last that long." He also added that he wants to stay in the league and loves playing the game of basketball.

The level of maturity is showing in the 24-year-old, who is always working on his game and showing glimpses of what he is capable of doing on the court. Last season he was able to start 62 out of the 72 games he played in. That shows that the Knicks are willing to bet on him to be the center of the future. 

The hope is that with a lineup of Robinson, Barrett, Brunson, and Julius Randle the Knicks can make it back to the playoffs. That will be a challenge in a stacked Eastern Conference, but the mindset going in for Robinson is encouraging. The Knicks play the Grizzlies in Memphis for the first game of the season on October 19.

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