Celtics Acquiring Nate Robinson Would Be a Huge Mistake
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics have made an offer that would land controversial guard Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks. Robinson has been the subject of trade rumors for weeks after several rifts with Mike D'Antoni. Robinson was benched for 14 consecutive games and it appears that D'Antoni wants to move the troubled guard because they just can't get along.
These rumors come just a year after Robinson posted career highs in almost every statistical category imaginable. In 74 games, Robinson averaged 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.3 steals and shot 43.7% from the field. He was among the Knicks leading scorers and was one of the league's top sixth man of the year candidates.
Robinson has had many suitors and he is without a doubt an extremely talented player despite his shortcomings (pun intended) in term of stature. He would be a tremendous addition for most teams, but the Boston Celtics are not one of those teams. The Celtics already have an established all-star caliber point guard in Rajon Rondo, who on a regular night plays between 35 and 40 minutes. They also have an established all-star shooting guard in Ray Allen, who despite his age still plays over 35 minutes a night. He would definitely not be starting or playing significant minutes.
When evaluating whether Nate Robinson would be a good addition, you also have to take Eddie House's minutes into consideration. Unless House was leaving in the trade, there would be a lot of problems on and off the court for Doc Rivers. Both House and Robinson believe they are deserving of the minutes they get, around 20 minutes a game at both the 1 and the 2. Robinson would be more of a problem as he has been used to getting more minutes and more shots. So why bring a possible locker room issue into the equation? Eddie House has accepted his role and he's one of the more well liked players on the team.
Robinson is a well liked player as well, so the issue of chemistry would likely just be a minor issue. The biggest problem would be his defense. Not only would he be a liability at 5'9'', he would be a liability in terms of his defensive effort. Throughout his career, Nate has never been the type of player that played defense well. Sure, he'll make the once a year block on Yao Ming, but he doesn't play defense otherwise. The Celtics are a team built around team defense and holding each other accountable. Making one or two highlight reel blocks a year then slacking for the rest of the game doesn't fit this mold.
While acquiring a player like Nate Robinson might make the casual fan happy because of the energy he brings, don't be fooled. Robinson is a possible cancer to the coaching staff, a defensive liability and too expensive. The Celtics would likely have to give up a player like Eddie House or Glen Davis in a package to acquire him. It would not be worth it at all.
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