The Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls are still going to make the NBA Playoffs this season, despite not having their biggest star and dealing with injuries to key players like Joakim Noah throughout the entire season. The main reason that they have been able to maintain a level of success is that their role players have risen to the occasion and played really well this season.
One of the players that has really had a breakout-season this year has been Nate Robinson. In his first season with the Bulls, Robinson has been forced to play a good amount of minutes this season, 24.8 minutes per game to be exact. For the season he is averaging 12.6 points, 4.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three.
Over the last month as the Bulls have dealt with even more injuries, Robinson’s role has increased to where he has averaged 29.9 minutes per game in March. In the 13 games that he’s played this month he has averaged 16.1 points, 6.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game and has shot 47.6 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from long range.
Statistically Robinson has had an absolutely fantastic season. However, putting up statistics has never been the problem for Robinson. He has been a nice plug-in to this Chicago team and has made several big plays for them, but for every great play he’s made, he’s undoubtedly taken two or three bone-headed shots or made a couple of bad passes.
Robinson definitely has shown this year what many people have always known: that he has the ability to be an effective player in this league, but he just makes too many dumb plays. He’s cleaned up his performance a little bit, but not entirely. Before we can say that Robinson has a great season as a whole, he has to cut down on the careless plays that he often makes.