Center Mitchell Robinson has set several Knicks rookie records this season and because of this he has caught the eye of Hakeem Olajuwon, Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer.
Olajuwon said that he loves his game and he has a presence in the middle, and can close down the middle with his energy, skill level and the way he moves.
He added that not many players have that impact as a shotblocker.
Olajuwon, a 255-pound and 7-foot center, was one of the most dominant frontcourt players in the ’80s and the ’90s, leading the NBA in scoring three times and also averaging a double-double in 12 of his first 13 seasons.
Olajuwon was a 12-time All-Star who led the league in rebounds twice and blocks three times.
Robinson who is only 21, is still a rookie, but has managed to impress Olajuwon so far.
Robinson averages 2.46 blocks per game, behind only the Pacers’ Myles Turner (2.68). Robinson in fact has recorded multiple blocks in 27 consecutive games. In the 20 games since Feb. 24, Robinson has averaged 9.9 points and 9.7 points, which includes a 19-point, 21-rebound effort on March 28 against the Raptors.
Olajuwon said, on the court, you know he is there, he is a fantastic player.
This was some real high praise from one of the greats.