Knicks' Mitchell Robinson Has Sprained Right Ankle

Questionable For Season Opener Vs. Spurs Wednesday

Rob Lep
October 22, 2019 - 2:35 pm

The 2019 season hasn’t even started yet for the New York Knicks, but there’s already injury news to report regarding one of their bright, young stars.

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Center Mitchell Robinson suffered a sprained right ankle in a tune-up practice in the lead up to their season opener versus the Spurs on Wednesday night in San Antonio. He's listed as questionable for Opening Night.

Robinson was a breakout star for the Knicks as a rookie in 2018-19, playing 66 games and averaging 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game (second in the NBA). He also shot 69% from the field.

He was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team. The Knicks selected Robinson with the 36th pick in the 2018 draft.

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Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson would be next in line to replace Robinson at center if he's unable to go. The team signed both players this offseason, inking them both to two-year contracts.

On Nov. 11, 2018, Robinson set a Knicks rookie record with nine blocks in a 115–89 loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Knicks are looking to make the playoffs in 2019-20 for the first time since the 2012-13 season.