LAS VEGAS — Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson shook his conduct emphatically only as he was jolt off all a decay from a 14-month layoff.
In his summer-league entrance Saturday after not personification given Apr 2017, a 7-foot plan core done a prominence retard during a edge on Atlanta’s Jock Landale. Instead of a Dikembe Mutombo finger shake, a New Orleans local swung his conduct behind and forth. Get used to it.
Robinson got some-more considerable and active as a diversion wore on and finished with 4 blocks, 9 points and 8 rebounds. The 20-year-old also committed 6 fouls in 28 mins in his initial tour given a high-school All-Star game.
“You could see he’s restraint anything in a paint,’’ Knicks lottery collect Kevin Knox said. “He’s swatting during everything. He’s going to competition each shot. That’s what we need in a league. You can see he’s a weird contestant who can burst and get lobs. Basically what a joining wants right now. He’s going to fit ideally fine.”
Robinson non-stop a second half with an fatiguing putback asperse and forced a burst ball, restraining adult a Hawks defender with beast strength. The 36th collect in a breeze looked some-more like a first-round collect — that he would have been if he had not forsaken out of college and a breeze combine. He was 4-for-8 from a field.
“He’s going to get improved and better,’’ pronounced Knox, who scored 22 points in his Knicks summer joining debut. “He had a year off from rival basketball so he’s still perplexing to get back. The initial game, he looked flattering well.”
Robinson got a start as a Knicks complacent Luke Kornet since of a stretched hamstring. Coach David Fizdale pronounced with Knox and Robinson, a Knicks could spin games into “a jumping contest.’’
Robinson also was trash-talking a bit with Atlanta’s second-year first-rounder John Collins.
“Mitchell played during a high level,’’ Fizdale said.
Point ensure Frank Ntilikina shined on defense, though still wasn’t as assertive offensively as had been hoped. He scored 5 points on 2-for-7 sharpened with 5 assists and 3 turnovers, finishing a minus-9.
He mutilated Hawks rookie Trae Young in a initial half, giving no room for a much-hyped indicate guard. Young finally staid in for a 21-point night. He shot 4-for-12 and done 3 of 9 3-pointers — an uptick from his horrible Utah summer-league action, when he went 3-for-24 on 3s.
On one play, Ntilikina poked a round divided from Young as a rookie dribbled during a tip of a key. Young fouled him on a indirect scramble.
“He was a good actor final year and he’s a really prolonged defender,’’ Young pronounced of Ntilikina.
The Knicks were but Kornet and energy brazen Isaiah Hicks (groin), who will be a two-way G-League actor again this season.
Undrafted sharpened ensure Allonzo Trier out of Arizona combined 15 points and Knicks holdover Troy Williams was pointy (17 points, 7-for-12, a team-leading plus-16).
Guard Damyean Dotson put adult 13 points, attack 3 of 8 from 3-point range.