Denver guard Nate Robinson is busy doing what he does best: providing a scoring spark off the bench for a resurgent Nuggets squad that has won seven of its last eight, including a huge 123-116 win at Golden State on Wednesday.
The player and role remain the same, but his team has varied over the past few years. Since his four-and-a-half-year stint with the New York Knicks ended in a Feb. 2010 trade, Robinson has plied his trade with five more teams in less than four years—the Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, Bulls and Nuggets.
But Robinson may not be done changing teams yet.
Per NBA.com's Geoff Lepper:
Nate Robinson: "If I can be the first player to play for every team in the league, I want to do it."— Geoff Lepper (@geofflepper) January 16, 2014
Well, six down, 24 to go!
Robinson seemingly doesn't take his NBA career for granted. The once callow youth who feuded with head coach Mike D'Antoni during his early years as a Knick has worked hard to rehabilitate his image after being cut by the Thunder in 2011.
He took cheap, one-year deals from the Warriors and Bulls to stay in the league. His breakout performance for an undermanned Bulls team in the 2013 playoffs earned him a one-year deal with a player option from Denver in the offseason.
But Robinson has a long way to go if he even wants to set the record for most-traveled NBA player, let alone play for all 30 teams. According to Basketball Reference, the record for most NBA franchises played for is 12, shared by Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith.
But keep dreaming big, Nate. You've already defied the odds by playing NBA basketball (and winning the NBA Slam Dunk Contest) despite being listed at 5'9". If anyone has to play for all 30 NBA teams, it might as well be you.