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Mitchell Robinson has big game in Summer League playoffs but Knicks fall

Mitchell Robinson, drafted 36th overall by the Knicks,

Mitchell Robinson, drafted 36th overall by the Knicks, poses during his introductory news conference in June. Credit: James Escher

While much of the talk surrounding the Knicks this summer has been about first-round pick Kevin Knox, it was the team’s second-round pick who stood out on Thursday.

Mitchell Robinson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in the Knicks’ 82-75 loss to Boston in a Las Vegas Summer League first-round playoff game.

The 7-1 Robinson, who did not play basketball in college, was selected 36th overall by the Knicks in this year’s draft.

Knox, who entered the game tied for second in Summer League play at 23.3 points per game, finished with 20 points but shot only 5-for-20 from the field. He had four rebounds, three assists and five turnovers. Allonzo Trier, an undrafted free agent out of Arizona, added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Semi Ojeleye had 21 points and six rebounds for Boston (3-1), which led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter. The Knicks (1-3) closed within 74-70 with about three minutes remaining in the game, but the Celtics scored 12 of the game’s final 17 points.

Jabari Bird added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which will face Miami in a second-round game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Musa signs with Nets

Dzanan Musa, who was selected by the Nets with the No. 29 pick in the NBA Draft, became the last of 30 first-round picks to sign his rookie contract, the team announced Thursday. Based on the rookie scale, which has a degree of flexibility, Musa’s four-year deal likely starts at $1.63 million and totals $9.15 million, but only the first two years are guaranteed.

Before the deal could be signed by Musa, who is in Las Vegas working out with the Nets’ Summer League team, the buyout with his European club team, Cedevita Zagreb of Croatia A1, had to be completed.

Musa is a 6-9 wing from Bosnia and Herzegovina who averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.5 minutes per game last season. He was named MVP of the U16 European Championship in 2015 after leading Bosnia to its first FIBA title.

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