Knicks' Mitchell Robinson undergoes hand surgery, will be re-evaluated after All-Star break

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Mitchell Robinson dunks on Andre Drummond
Mitchell Robinson dunks on Andre Drummond

The Knicks announced that starting center Mitchell Robinson had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right hand, while noting that the 22-year-old will be re-evaluated following the All-Star break (March 5-10).

Robinson suffered the fracture during the first half of last Friday’s win over the Washington Wizards. After being evaluated by team doctors in New York on Saturday, surgery was recommended.

League sources have told SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley that Robinson is hopeful to return after a 4-to-6 week absence, with the four-week mark falling on Friday of NBA All-Star Weekend in Atlanta.

The NBA has yet to release the schedule for the second half of the season, so it’s unclear as to exactly when Robinson could get back on the floor.

In 27 games this season, Robinson has averaged 8.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, along with 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Nerlens Noel has gotten the start at center for the Knicks in two games without Robinson in the lineup since Friday, and he’s played well, averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks.