The Ringer NBA Mock Draft

Los Angeles Lakers #25

MITCHELL ROBINSON
Center
Chalmette High School

Main Selling Point

Length and lobs
Age 20.1
Height/Weight 6’11”/215
Wingspan 7’4″
Standing Reach 9’3″

A wild-card big-man prospect who will wow with his athleticism, but questions loom about his true skill.

Shades Of: Hassan Whiteside, Willie Cauley-Stein, Anthony Randolph

PLUSES

Elite athlete physically with long arms, a wide frame, and rocket-booster leaping ability.

Dunks through contact, à la DeAndre Jordan.

Skilled interior finisher who can flush lobs and, maybe more importantly, has the soft hands to catch them.

Flashes fluidity as a ball handler in the open floor and as a shooter, though he’s yet to translate those traits into live competition.

Good rebounder who can high-point the ball, though he must put more effort into boxing out.

Elite rim protection upside due to mobility; he covers a lot of ground and explodes to block shots.

Smooth athlete; he may be able to reliably switch onto smaller players as his fundamentals improve.

MINUSES

Screening technique is lacking; needs to hold screen and set at proper angles, which can come in time with NBA coaching.

Subpar feel for the game: turnover prone and lacks passing vision.

Raw post scorer who needs to get better at sealing off his man.

Questionable defensive instincts and fundamentals.

Robinson was a five-star high school recruit who enrolled at Western Kentucky, but in September opted to skip college and train for the draft.