Denver Nuggets 2013 Player Profile: Nate Robinson

By Ricardo A. Hazell
Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Robinson is one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA today. Would I be going out on a limb in saying that he is one of the most explosive athletes in the history of the league? I don’t think so. He’s listed as 5-foot-9 but is likely closer to 5-foot-7, and you still don’t think he’s a next level athlete?

Though he is often compared to Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues due to his diminutive stature, Robinson has proven time and time again that he is a step above them both as far as scoring and athleticism are concerned.

Unfortunately Robinson has been much-maligned throughout his pro career. This is due in part to the steadfast nature in which he sometimes tried to inject fun into games when competing on teams with dismal records, the other part can righteously be blamed upon his refusal to adhere to the coach’s game plan during critical junctures.

Remember the “Shake An’ Bake” era in New York? It seemed that Nate was all about crowd interaction rather than winning games when he was a Knick. But after almost single-handedly willing the Chicago Bulls past the favored Brooklyn Nets, Robinson’s reputation has had a face lift. He was even giving the eventual NBA champion Miami Heat the business until LeBron James was tasked with bottling him up.

Now Nate finds himself in yet another situation in which he is clearly not part long-term plans of the team. He will be asked to sub in for PG Ty Lawson and veteran PG Andre Miller. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nuggets use him as a scoring guard at times, seeing as though scoring is what he does best. Denver has a first-time head coach in Brian Shaw, but they will likely utilize their traditional chuck-and-duck offense.

If that is the case, you can expect an easy 15 points per game from Nate as the sixth man.

Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance sports writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.

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