The Denver Nuggets made a bold move by signing offensive specialist Nate Robinson to a two-year, $4 million contract on Monday. Robinson will provide a scoring spark off the bench that the Nuggets lacked last season at the point.
Last season, Robinson played for the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. In his only season with the Bulls, he averaged 13.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting from three and 4.4 assists in 25.4 minutes. He had a strong showing in the playoffs, consistently scoring 16.3 points and 4.4 assists.
While Robinson is essentially a one-dimensional player, he will fit in perfectly with the Nuggets. The Nuggets play a run-and-gun offense that will cater to Robinson’s explosive energy.
The Nuggets didn’t sign the 5-foot-9 guard for defense; they signed him to get buckets. With Corey Brewer heading back to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Nuggets needed to sign someone who could score off the bench.
New coach Brian Shaw will likely choose Robinson as Ty Lawson’s backup in 2013-14. Andre Miller, 37, is on his last leg in the NBA. Miller averaged 9.6 points on 26.6 percent from beyond the arc and 5.9 assists in 26 minutes. Miller picked up a majority of the minutes at the point off the bench last season.
The team has looked to trade Miller this offseason, and should continue to do so in hopes of giving rookie Erick Green a spot on the roster. If the team decides to re-sign center Timofey Mozgov, the roster will be at the 15-player maximum.
The Nuggets finished with the second most points from off the bench last season (40.9). With the addition of Robinson, the team could sit towards the top once again.