Nate Robinson is definitely the best 5'9" player in the league today. In fact, his strong play throughout his career despite his size is heroic.
In a game dominated by size, the diminutive Robinson has managed to craft a game that makes up for his stature.
Robinson's explosion and aggressiveness have been enough to carve a niche for him in the NBA, as he will be entering his eighth season this fall. On some nights, Robinson is one of the most difficult players in the NBA to slow down because he is one of the quickest players in the league.
Last season, Robinson proved that he is still one of the better second-string point guards in the NBA. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and 42.4 percent shooting while playing 23.4 minutes per game.
If he can maintain that level of production, he will make a team very happy next season.
The question is, where will Robinson end up playing next season?
According to a rumor circulating on Hoopshype.com, the Golden State Warriors are interested in bringing Robinson back, but the price has to be right. However, the team recently acquired Jarrett Jack to back up Stephen Curry, so it appears to be very unlikely that Robinson returns there.
Up to this point, nobody has offered Robinson the type of money he thinks that he deserves, or else he would have already signed.
Projected Landing Spot: Houston Rockets
I am going to go out on a limb and say that Robinson will end up in Houston playing for the Rockets.
The Rockets are one of the few teams that has the cap room to offer Robinson anything resembling the deal he would have liked to receive earlier in the offseason.
If the Rockets are unable to land a superstar this summer—something that is looking more and more likely—they will need to use the players they have to compete next season.
Jeremy Lin figures to be their starting point guard, but Robinson would be a productive backup.
Whether Robinson signs with Houston remains to be seen, but at this point, it seems as likely as any other possibility.
Other potential landing spots include the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers.