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Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson turned in another strong performance on Monday, dropping 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds (five offensive) in New York's win over Houston.
Tyson Chandler, a former Knick and current Rockets vet, was impressed by what he saw.
"I love his game. Very talented young player. He's very raw. But his athletic ability and what he can turn into and things that he can accomplish, I feel like are limitless," Chandler said. "I don't think he even knows how talented he is yet."
Robinson's game has drawn some comparisons to Chandler because of the way Robinson defends the interior and pressures defenses by driving to the rim on pick-and-rolls. Chandler had a ton of success in a limited stint in that role in New York, helping lift the Knicks to the playoffs in two of three seasons, including the 54-win campaign of 2012-13.
He said the Knicks' coaches told him about Robinson last season.
"They were saying, 'Hey, he reminds me of you.' So I clearly paid attention to him. I think he's made growth. But I don't think he started yet," Chandler said. "I don't think he scratched the surface of what he will become. I don't think anybody has seen -- we've seen athletic bigs, but not his length and the way he can cover ground."
New Knicks president Leon Rose will take time evaluating the young players on this roster, including RJ Barrett, Robinson, Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina. Robinson has shown plenty of evidence that he can develop into a center who can impact the game on both ends of the floor.
In his last eight games, Robinson is averaging 12 points, 2.6 blocks, and 10 rebounds (five offensive) on 76 percent shooting. That stretch prompted Knicks head coach Mike Miller to say last week that Robinson is playing the best basketball of his career.