Fantasy Basketball Stud Performer: Nate Robinson Continues Hot Streak

By Rich Arleo
Nate Robinson - Chicago Bulls
Dale Zanine – USA Today

The night after being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Nate Robinson’s hot streak continued for the Chicago Bulls in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Robinson played 40 minutes at point guard, scoring 19 points on 7-15 shooting while falling just short of a double-double with nine assists. He also added three steals and five rebounds on the night and hit three three-pointers, though he was a disappointing minus-22 while on the court.

With Derrick Rose yet to return, and Kirk Hinrich missing extended time with an elbow injury, Robinson has stepped up to the plate for fantasy basketball owners. The veteran little man has seen at least 40 minutes the past three games with Hinrich out and has totaled 51 points, seven steals, 28 assists and 11 boards in those games. Even before Hinrich went down, Robinson was on a bit of a scoring run, dropping 24 points on 9-11 shooting on Jan. 30 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Robinson has now scored at least 20 points in three of his last seven games and has posted at least 11 points in 11 straight games. The most noticeable difference with Hinrich out has been Robinson’s dishing, as his assist totals in the past three games are some of the highest this season.

Robinson was up against George Hill for much of the night, and Hill was able to put together a nice game himself with 22 points and six assists. Hill managed to win the war with a plus-15 on the game, and more importantly his team came out with the victory. With Hinrich expected to be out until next week, Robinson owners can take advantage of at least two more games this week and possibly a few more next.

Throughout his career, Robinson has been a streaky player who tends to go on a big run at least once each season. While he should be universally owned at the moment, he may not be a long-term option, especially when Rose returns around the All-Star Break.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo.

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