Even though all-star point guard Derrick Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season, the Chicago Bulls still managed to make it to the second round of the playoffs. Reserve point guard Nate Robinson was a key reason for the their success, which is why the Bulls should re-sign him for next season and beyond.
Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting .433 from the field and .405 from three and playing all 82 games for the Bulls this year, including 23 starts. Despite only standing 5’9″ tall, Robinson provided the offensively challenged Bulls with a spark off the bench where they needed it most.
Not only was Robinson a key component during the regular season, he was even bigger in the playoffs. Robinson upped his scoring average to 16.3 points and at times was the only Bulls player capable of creating his own shot and generating offense. A prime example was in game four of the first round against the Brooklyn Nets when Robinson took over in the fourth and overtime, finishing with 34 points.
As good as Robinson was shooting the basketball at times for the Bulls he could be just as bad the next game, like when he shot 0-12 in 32 minutes in game four against the Miami Heat in a game when Chicago needed him most.
Although Robinson can be a bit erratic at times, the Bulls would benefit from having his scoring off the bench next season. Rose should be returning to take his natural starting point guard position, and with Chicago lacking in perimeter offense Robinson would be a needed option, possibly even able to play alongside Rose in stretches.
Chicago managed to survive for much of the season with Robinson shouldering a hefty load offensively at times. Having him on the bench again will be a huge asset for the Bulls next season.