Nate Robinson: How Good Can the Little Man Be?

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IMarch 10, 2008

    This Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the one and only Madison Square Garden for a game between the New York Knicks and the Portland Trailblazers.

Despite another losing effort on part of the Knicks, I was amazed to see 5’9 Nate Robinson take the game over by himself, totaling 45 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Seeing Robinson play in person was like watching Allen Iverson, except with more power and rebounding ability. This leads me to ask, just how good could Nate Robinson be?

Throughout the NBA season, Nate Robinson has consistently been able to put up 20 points in a game, at least when he is given the playing time with which to do so. In addition, Nate appears to have matured tremendously this year; an attribute that is apparent in the way which he carries himself on the court as well as off it.

As far as his game is concerned, Robinson possesses an immaculate driving ability, incredible power for a player of his stature, blazing speed and quickness, pin-point handling, above average passing and sometimes streaky but dangerously hot shooting.

Not to mention, Nate appears to have an unrealistic amount of energy and heart, which can be seen by Nate’s 50 plus minutes of all out play on Saturday. If I had to make the call now, I would say Nate Robinson is an All-Star in 2009.