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Just two years ago, the miniature guard was dropping nearly 20 a night with the Knicks. Now he has been shuffled from Boston to OKC, where he's been tossed to the wayside.
But not so fast. Why? Why throw away a player with lightening quick speed and a true scorer's mentality?
The best part about Robinson is that he can play the two in a small set. If Westbrook is needed to score and the team is down, Brooks can pull Maynor and insert Lil' Nate at the one.
If Westbrook is being Westbrook and Brooks wants a scorer to hit shots alongside assist-leading Maynor, than inserting Robinson makes all the more sense.
Nonetheless, whether or not Brooks has problems with rotating Westbrook and Maynor, the reality is that there is always a spot for someone with game-changing abilities like Robinson.
It is just a matter of where. I say start Harden with Westbrook, rotate Maynor in for Harden and Westbrook, playing much of Harden's minutes, rotate Thabo at a three role behind Durant, and then use Nate to balance the rest of the minutes alongside Harden and Westbrook.
If the Thunder can give Nate 20 minutes a night, you better believe he'll vie for sixth man of the year.