NBA Free Agency 2010: Top Destinations For Nate Robinson
It’s hard to get a read on what Nate Robinson’s value is this offseason as a free agent point guard.
Krypto-Nate hardly played the first half of the season, being benched by Mike D’Antoni for various reasons (none of which made a lot of sense).
Robinson’s season turned around when the Knicks sent him to Boston, where he fit perfectly and garnered playoff experience.
The three-time slam dunk champion has been a fan-favorite wherever he goes, but he has silently put up good offensive numbers too.
So whose fans will be entertained by the 5’9’’ flying wonder?
Introducing Nate Robinson
Years in NBA: 5
2009-10 Stats: 56 games, 19.9 mpg, 10.1 ppg, 2.9 apg, 43.6 percent FG, 39 percent 3PT
Nate Robinson is fun to watch, there’s no doubt about that.
But can he be an asset to a championship team?
Well, if there were any questions about Robinson’s ability, he probably answered them in the Finals against the Lakers.
Robinson can shoot from the outside, drive hard to the basket, and pass well. And he can also put on a show.
He’s pretty much going to sign on somewhere as a backup point guard, not a starter.
So where will Robinson end up? Could he return to Boston as Rajon Rondo’s backup, or will he take his high-flying dunks elsewhere?
5. Miami Heat
Miami needs to fill out its roster, and since they’re likely to sign two or three max contracts, the Heat will need exception deals to sign role players.
Right now, one of the two players currently under contract for Miami is Mario Chalmers, a point guard.
Robinson could be a perfect fit in Miami as a backup to Chalmers, especially if the Heat land the right free agents.
4. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors up-tempo style of playing would be an intriguing fit for Robinson.
Having played in a Mike D’Antoni system, Robinson wouldn’t have much adjusting to do in Golden State. Plus, if it’s even possible for a team to play less defense than a D’Antoni team, the Warriors do.
Robinson’s lack of defense would be hidden in Golden State, while his offensive abilities would be highlighted.
This move makes even more sense if the Warriors let restricted free agent Anthony Morrow walk.
3. New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets are a mess right now.
They were supposed to be front-runners in the Western Conference this year.
Instead they struggled out of the gate, then Chris Paul got hurt.
And speaking of Paul, he could be out of New Orleans if a trade goes down in the coming weeks.
If Paul leaves, the Hornets would need a second point guard to compliment Darren Collison. Robinson could be that guy.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers still need a flex-guard who can play multiple positions coming off the bench.
There has been speculation that Jordan Farmar will not be returning to the Lakers, and if that’s the case, L.A. could look to Robinson to fill that void.
Robinson has proven he can play well with superstars and that he can play a big supporting role.
If the Lakers lose Farmar, Robinson could be a solid replacement to come off the bench and play the point or off the ball.
1. Boston Celtics
One would have to think Boston is the front-runner to lock up Robinson.
Krypto-Nate proved himself worthy with stellar performances in the Finals against the Lakers.
The Celtics liked the way he fit in with the Big Three, as Rajon Rondo’s backup, and alongside Rondo.
Robinson’s return to Boston just makes the most sense right now.