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Robinson proved during the postseason that he is a clutch performer.
Former Team: Chicago Bulls
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 25.4 minutes, 13.1 points, 4.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 43.3 FG%, 40.5 3FG%, 17.43 PER
Free-Agency Buzz: Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks
After jumping around five different teams over the last four years, Nate Robinson’s career seemed to be dwindling away. However, in 82 games with the Bulls last season, Robinson put together his best campaign since 2008-09.
He has Derrick Rose’s absence to thank for that.
Without Rose, Chicago relied on Robinson to deliver quality minutes at the backup point guard position. What the team got was far more than that.
In 23 contests as a starter, the 29-year-old averaged 14.8 points and 6.1 assists over 33.4 minutes per game. He also shot 41.7 percent from the field.
But Robinson saved his best for the postseason.
During the Bulls' first-round matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the eight-year veteran averaged 17 points on 50.5 percent shooting. That includes leading the team to an epic 142-134 triple-overtime victory in Game 4 after netting all but five of his 34 points after the third quarter.
Still, Chicago wasn’t impressed. So much so, that, according to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, the team only offered Robinson the bare minimum. It was almost like a slap in the face.
After earning $1.2 million last season, Robinson is going to be expecting a lot more than that.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman reported that the New York Knicks met with their former point guard. However, with the recent re-signing of NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, the Knicks are a highly unlikely suitor.
Regardless of where Robinson winds up, expect the 5’9” guard to continue the revitalization of his career.