Unappreciated Role Player: Nate Robinson

I may have a bit of a bias towards Nate Robinson because I met him back when he was on the Golden State Warriors. He is a pretty exciting player to watch. Robinson is listed at five foot nine and is about 180 pounds. He played for eight different franchises in his time. He played a bulk of his career with the New York Knicks, that was for five seasons. In his time in New York, he averaged 12.5 points per game, 2.8 assists per game and 43% from the field. He only started 61 games out of 312 games played. So he is considered a role player for the Knicks in this time. He was considered a volatile scorer that could score at will sometimes. If Nate was having a good night, there wasn’t much you could do to stop him. Even if he is only five foot nine, he still was able to score double digits. The time of his career I want to focus on is his time in Chicago.

Nate Robinson played all 82 games in the 2012-13 regular season. This would be his only time to play every game. In that season, we are going to focus on the playoffs of that season. Derrick Rose didn’t play that entire season due to the torn ACL. This was also before Jimmy Butler was the star that he is today. Nate Robinson led this team in the playoffs against the Brooklynn Nets. He scored 17 points per game, 3.6 assists per game, 50.5% from the field and he scored a career postseason high of 34 points in a game as well. These averages were all for just the Brooklynn Nets series. This was a triple overtime game that would give the Chicago Bulls a three to one lead. He played just 29 minutes and was an astounding +19 in the game. That just means that when Robinson was in the game, he made a positive influence. Nate Robinson had one of the most amazing games in NBA playoff history. Nate Robinson showed his worth that season, but the following season he would sign with the Denver Nuggets. That would sadly be his last double-digit scoring season.

Nate Robinson would deal with injuries for the rest of his Nuggets career and would ultimately lead to his exit from the NBA. I believe he is still trying to make his way back into the NBA though. He bounced around after the Nuggets, to the Los Angeles Clippers and his last season in the NBA would be with the New Orleans Pelicans. After Denver, he would play a total of 11 games in two seasons. Teams were less inclined to use him and just like that, Nate Robinson was out of the league. He hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2015-16 season. He had a good career, he made a lot of money and was an inspiration to kids everywhere. His height inspired many, and he showed kids that are under six feet that anything is possible.

In Nate Robinson’s new chapter of his life, he now plays for the three on three league, the Big 3. He played all eight games for Tri-State, he averaged 10.9 points a game, and he shot 36% from the field. He didn’t have the best statistical season, but it was a reason that I would watch the Big 3 highlights. Nate Robinson has had a great basketball career, from high school to the NBA, to the Big 3. He has proven himself numerous times, he was unappreciated at times and he will go down as one of my favorite players to watch in the NBA.

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