Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Center Free Agents in 2022

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5. Mitchell Robinson

Height: 7-0
Age: 24

When the NBA trade deadline came around, there were reportedly several teams interested in acquiring Mitchell Robinson. Instead of dealing their starting center, the Knicks took a chance by keeping him with unrestricted free agency looming.

The decision has many Knicks fans unsettled about losing Robinson for nothing instead of getting assets when they could, and they have good reason to feel that way. The Bulls and Pistons were among the teams interested in snagging the 24-year-old at the deadline, but it's likely there will be more suitors than that this summer.

Robinson doesn't have an outside jumper, but what he does bring is tenacity on the glass and superb finishing at the rim. His career field goal percentage of 72.2% through four seasons tells you all you need to know about that -- and he even led the NBA with 74.2% in 2020.

According to's Sean Deveney, a salary between $10 and $11 million would probably be the sweet spot for Robinson, which could mean a contract of three years, $33 million would be enough for his services. For that price, the Spurs should take a shot.

Air Alamo Staff: 3 yes, 1 no, 1 shrug
Verdict: Pursue