Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Robinson recently tallied 16 points and 12 assists against Cleveland.
C.J. Watson had his share of stellar performances in his two seasons with the Bulls, but on the whole he wasn't much more than serviceable.
Last season, he shot a dismal 36.8 percent from the field, and it grew even worse in the postseason (24.1 percent).
Further, Watson always seemed to carry a rather lifeless expression, and he certainly wouldn't fall under the category of a "vocal leader."
Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson are of a completely different mold.
Hinrich has already flashed his elite perimeter defensive skills and ability to run an offense. His defensive prowess, in particular, should be highly valuable for the Bulls throughout the season.
Robinson is an offensive and emotional spark plug. He can create his own shot as well as dish to others. He has chipped in some crucial minutes in a couple of the Bulls' victories. He was particularly instrumental in sparking a fourth quarter run in last night's victory over the Magic.
"Nate Rob" has also displayed some pesky defense, typically picking up the opposing point guard full court and hounding him up the floor.
What's more, his emotional energy brings a jolt of life to the Bulls' chemistry. His personality (while annoying to some) is one that players will feed off of and look to for motivation.
Both Hinrich and Robinson will have off-shooting nights, but Bulls' fans certainly grew accustomed to that with Watson. What's more, Hinrich and Robinson each bring elements to the table that Watson never brought, and thus they appear to be more than adequate replacements amidst Chicago's core.