The NBA offseason is mostly a dank, basketball-less void, but Mitchell Robinson and Frank Ntilikina have sought to satisfy our hunger with videos of their various workouts and practice sessions, and whoever is in charge of filming and editing for Ntilikina needs to immediately start working for Robinson as well.
For all the hubbub that has taken place over Ntilikina since he was drafted eighth overall in 2017, there’s no disputing the truth. Through 178 career games, he’s averaged 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and less than 1 steal per contest, with ghastly shooting percentages of 37% from the field and 31% from three. Argue about his intangibles all you want, but his offense has been below average at best.
You wouldn’t know it by watching his offseason videos, however. In fact, if offseason videos were your only source of basketball information, you might think Ntilikina is among the best players in the league, and not just because he sinks every jumper he takes in them. It’s the cinematography. The lighting. The angles. Ntilikina’s offseason workout videos deserve to be watched in a movie theater. They lure you into a dream world from which you never want to wake.
That’s just the most recent example. Frank’s videos make you wonder what kind of equipment his team is using. Do they have accessory film items like a dolly or tripod? How much did their camera cost? How many hours of pre-production are required?
This next video serves to convince the viewer that Ntilikina could be both an All-Star in the NBA and a standout boxer.
Then there’s Mitch. It goes without saying that our brains would explode and our eyes would pop out of their sockets if some of the stuff he’s put out this offseason was filmed in the same high-quality as Ntilikina’s videos.
Mitchell Robinson working on his handles pic.twitter.com/4ntFTOoHQt— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 20, 2020
Seriously though. Fluff that video up with some unique angles and back lighting, add a bit of slow motion during a few of the dribbles, and people would be seriously asking whether Mitch is the next James Harden.
Alas, he’s given us nothing but potato quality clips. This is the 21st century, Mitch.
Let Mitchell Robinson run free next season pic.twitter.com/4BpYqB4tpM— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) May 13, 2020
Also, why is Robinson allowing us to see him miss a single shot? Didn’t he get the memo? Workout videos are supposed to make you seem indestructible. Fans and opponents are supposed to weep with either joy or fear as they contemplate how many threes the big man is going to sink next season.
Back in the days of Patrick Ewing, we were lucky to see a single photograph of the Big Fella between July and October. Nowadays, each player has the ability to create their own image off the court. At that, Ntilikina has excelled. He’s the best to ever do it, if by ‘it’ you mean drain jumpers and floaters in short, high-quality offseason video clips.
Mitch, on the other hand, could learn a thing or two from his teammate. He can start by hiring Frank’s film crew.