The Denver Nuggets suffered one of the biggest losses of the NBA off-season this summer as Andre Iguodala chose not to exercise his player option for the 2013-2014 season with Denver and then scorned their offer to re-sign him as he chose to go to the Golden State Warriors.
Losing Iguodala is a huge blow to Denver on many levels. Not only was Iguodala easily the best perimeter defender on their roster, but he was also the veteran voice and leader for that team. The Nuggets are a team comprised of young players that need a more experienced voice to help guide them as they grow together and Iguodala served in that role last season.
As the Nuggets are trying to make up for the loss of their starting shooting guard from last season, they have tried to add some backcourt pieces. Most recently, the Nuggets completed a deal with Nate Robinson, who is coming off arguably the best season of his career with the Chicago Bulls.
With Chicago last year, Robinson played in all 82 games and averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three-point range. Despite his offensive success last season, though, he might not fit in well with the Nuggets.
The one positive that Robinson will bring to the floor is his outside shooting, but outside of that it’s hard to see what he does for them. The Nuggets are already a high-energy team, so Robinson won’t really affect the game in that regard. Robinson will also put them at a disadvantage on defense, especially if he’s on the floor with Ty Lawson, which would be an incredibly small backcourt.
Robinson is riding a hot streak in his career, but the hype will likely die down in Denver. He can serve as a quality bench scorer for the Nuggets, but he’s not going to do as many good things for this team as he did for Chicago last season. Ultimately, it feels like the Nuggets are grasping at straws and this is one they got a hand on.