The thing about the Golden State Warriors is no matter the player, whether he’s a seven-foot superman or a considerably smaller mighty mouse, one has to wonder if he adds anything to the already shot-happy Warriors offense.
Nate Robinson does not.
Robinson is a scorer. Kind of. Every once in a while he will come off the bench and drop a few quick buckets and look good doing it too.
Like the other night against the Lakers. He came in, dropped a nice tear drop over the long bird-like reach of Pau Gasol and put in a nice running fade away for the bucket. All in all, Robinson had nine points for the game.
It took him 10 shots to get there, however, and he missed four three-pointers along the way.
That is the problem with Nate Robinson.
He is a streaky shooter who can’t be relied on to show up every night, and the nights he isn’t hitting, he doesn’t play any defense. There is nothing he does that the Warriors do not already have.
But worst of all, his addition to the lineup could be detrimental to Klay Thompson’s development this season.
In that same game against the Lakers, Thompson posted 14 points in 22 minutes of 6 for 8 shooting.
When you watch Thompson on the court, he looks like he may be struggling to adjust to playing in the NBA. No biggie. He is a rookie and the Warriors are not going to the playoffs this year anyways.
But the addition of Nate Robinson to the lineup will take shots from Thompson.
Robinson taking shots from Ellis puts any given game in jeopardy for the Warriors, which is not good, but Robinson taking shots from Thompson puts Klay’s development in jeopardy, which is pointless.
Which leads me to ask: does the Warriors' front office knows something that we don’t? How bad is Stephen Curry’s ankle? How often do they expect him to play for the rest of this season?
Let’s assume he will be in the lineup. That gives 20 shots a game to Ellis, 15 to David Lee, 12 to Stephen Curry. Now, between Robinson, Thompson and Brandon Rush, do you really want to give 10 shots a game to Nate Robinson?
Adding Nate Robinson to the lineup does not make them better. His first game in the blue and gold was a good game by Nate Robinson standards and they still lost.
Just wait till he starts playing badly.
So is it worth having Nate Robinson in the lineup, to shoot the team in and then right back out of games just to have a Warrior in the dunk contest? If things keep up as they are, it may be the only joy a Warriors fan will have this year.