The Boston Celtics made a savvy move at the 2010 NBA Trade Deadline by acquiring Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks, a somewhat surprising move given that the two organizations do not particularly like each other. The Celtics traded Bill Walker, J.R. Giddens, and Eddie House to New York for Robinson, and it turned out to be a pretty solid deal that went under the radar at the time.
The Celtics were never playing Walker or Giddens consistently at the time, so they were both clearly expendable. The Celtics organization obviously liked House, but they needed to desperately change the personnel on their bench. They needed a guy who could be a playmaker and who had the ability to consistently create his own shot. House was an excellent jump shooter, but his shots came mostly in spot-up duties and he didn’t have nearly the amount of athleticism that Robinson did.
The Celtics knew what they were getting in Robinson. He was a high-volume scorer and shooter who never met a shot he didn’t like. The problem was that he was a 5-foot-9 shooting guard in a point guard’s body. He was never going to be the “guy” for the team, but as a role player, it turned out to be a solid move by GM Danny Ainge.
Robinson was great in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and was one of the main reasons why they almost won the series, though most will say that the team lost because Kendrick Perkins was injured for Game 7.
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