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Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson is one of, if not THE most exciting sixth-man in the NBA. When Robinson gets hot, it doesn’t matter who’s guarding him–he’s almost impossible to stop.
The Nuggets haven’t had an explosive presence off the bench since J.R. Smith, who left with Carmelo Anthony for NY in the 2011-12 season. Robinson can change the outcome of games with his ability to get hot from the field.
One of the Nuggets biggest criticisms during the George Karl-era of coaching was their inability to get out of the first-round of the playoffs. In his nine-year career, Karl only lead the Nuggets out of the first round once. Robinson has the ability to help teams win playoff games.
Robinson thrives in the spotlight.
In the 2013 playoffs, Robinson averaged 16.3 points (44 percent shooting) and 4.4 assists in 33.7 minutes. The five-foot-nine point guard’s most spectacular performance was in a triple-overtime win in game four versus the Brooklyn Nets. The guard scored 23 points in the third quarter to help the Chicago Bulls overcome a double-digit deficit with three minutes of play. Only one player had scored more points in a single quarter in the playoffs for the Bulls: Michael Jordan. Robinson finished one point short of breaking that record. He finished the game with 34 points.
The former Washington Huskie played 25.4 minutes per game for the Bulls last season in place of injured All-Star Derek Rose. During his one-year stint in Chicago, Robinson consistently put up 13.3 points, 4.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He had his second-best shooting season from behind the arc last season at 40.5 percent.
In his first game as a Nugget, Robinson didn’t disappoint. He scored 9 points (2-4 3pt), three rebounds and two assists in a 97-88 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Robinson looked comfortable in the second lineup. As soon as he entered the game he hit a pull-up three from well beyond the arc.
On Oct. 8, Robinson’s second game, he recorded seven points, five rebounds and two assists in a 90-88 loss to the Lakers. While he didn’t play as well, he still provided explosiveness of the bench. As soon as Robinson entered the game he changed the pace of the game with his quickness.
The guard will undoubtedly play major minutes behind starter Ty Lawson. The only other option the Nuggets have at the point is 37-year-old Andre Miller. On top of that, reports from training camp indicate that Robinson has already helped Lawson expand his game.
Biggest takeaway from #Nuggets practce is Nate Robinson is gonna make Ty Lawson a better defender…
— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) October 1, 2013
Robinson plays with a chip on his shoulder. In 2013-14, Robinson will play on his sixth team going into his ninth season. On July 22, the Nuggets signed him to a two-year $4 million deal. Perhaps he has finally found a home in Denver. He will undoubately be a crowd favorite during the regular season.
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