Nate Robinson Set to Sign with Chicago Bulls

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

The Chicago Bulls acquired Marco Belinelli on July 24 to solidify their backcourt rotation, but he won't be the only new guard in Chicago's fold next season.

According to Sports Illustrated reporter Sam Amick, the Bulls will sign veteran guard Nate Robinson. Robinson's known for his leaping ability and short stature, but those aren't the only things he brings to the table.

Last year, as a member of the Warriors, Robinson averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and two rebounds per game. He's only 5'9'', but his explosive athleticism allows him to play larger than his size. Otherwise, he wouldn't be effective. 

As Amick mentions, this is Robinson's fifth team since 2009. This gives him familiarity with multiple systems and the ability to adapt to different playing styles.

Chicago fans won't rejoice over this pickup, but it's certainly solid. He's capable of playing either guard spot, and he will provide quality minutes in a largely unproven collection of backcourt players.

He's more athletic than Belinelli as a backup shooting guard, and he has more experience than 2012 draftee Marquis Teague at point guard. With Derrick Rose set to miss the beginning of the season, experience will be essential to Chicago's consistency.

Robinson isn't going to lead the Bulls to a championship, but he has averaged double figures throughout his seven-year career. He can provide instant offense off the bench and plenty of energy to go with it.

He's not an NBA All-Star-caliber player, but Robinson is a quality piece. He's affordable, experienced and capable. At this point, that's all Chicago can ask for.

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