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Despite his share of inconsistency, Nate Robinson is quietly putting up one of the best seasons of his career. On a per-36 minute basis, he is recording 18.0 points, 6.2 assists and 1.7 steals (per Basketball Reference).
Robinson's PER of 17.5 is the third highest of his career, and he has contributed the fourth most win-shares to the team this season, even though he's garnering less than 24 minutes of playing time per game.
At times, Robinson looks like a very erratic scorer, and can shoot his team out of the game or lead it to victory. Fortunately this season, he's had more good games than bad ones.
Throughout his career, Robinson has been an underrated defender. Even at 5'9", he's a tough, aggressive perimeter defender and is strong enough to keep up with bigger point guards. Coming off the bench gives him even more energy, and he is the spark that runs the Bulls' bench this year.
He's also, arguably, the team's most potent scorer right now.
The Bulls have a few capable scorers, but nobody can create their own shot as effectively as Robinson, and he's the only player who can make something happen against great defensive teams.