The fifth time looks like the charm for Knicks center Mitchell Robinson.
In February, Robinson signed on with Rich Paul, the superagent who guides the careers of LeBron James and Anthony Davis and recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated for his influence.
Paul became Robinson’s fifth agent — one of the perplexing sidelights to Robinson’s fledgling career. So far, so good as Robinson’s game took off in the final weeks leading into the March 11 shutdown.
“When you get the right representation, there’s an ease that comes to your mind that allows you to focus on other things,’’ Paul told The Post in his first remarks regarding his new alliance with Robinson. “It’s hard to sleep with both eyes closed in this business. It’s a lot more mental than people think.’’
Helping with his mental approach is one of Paul’s aims with Robinson, who decommitted from Western Kentucky to train for the 2018 draft.
With his mysterious college withdrawal, Robinson fell to the second round — to the Knicks’ great fortune.
Paul said Robinson already is a “shot-blocking, rebounding machine,’’ but there’s more to becoming a winning player. If the regular season is canceled, Robinson, despite lacking a jumper, will set a new NBA record for field-goal percentage (74.2 percent), breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s mark.
“His growth comes with understanding how to play the game at this level,’’ Paul said. “That’s what’s misunderstood with young players. At this level, talent will get you only so far. You have to understand schemes defensively, very detailed things like the art of setting screens, the art in decision-making as a big man in how you roll. What passes to look for, proper defensive adjustments.
“It’s a lot of things to learn. Once he’s able to learn those things, he’ll then be in position to showcase other talents he has. He can take the outside shot, put the ball on the floor, post. You don’t want to rush into that. You have to understand the details of the game first.”
Robinson, who turned 22 on April 1, experienced an unconventional upbringing, raised by his grandmother in Pensacola, Fla.