PROFESSIONAL: Nate was chosen with the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns and traded to the New York Knicks. Nate averaged 9.3 points, 2.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 22 minutes during his rookie campaign. He recorded a career-high 34 points vs. the Sixers on March 31, 2006, marking the highest-scoring game for a Knicks rookie in 20 years. Nate is the first three-time Slam Dunk champion in the NBA. He electrified a worldwide audience by winning the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest. His signature dunk came in the second round, when he leapt over the 1986 Slam Dunk winner, Spud Webb for a one-handed slam off a Webb bounce pass. Nate completed the 2006-07 season averaging 10.1 points, 1.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 21 minutes per game. Nate knocked down 8 of 9 three-point shots on March 22, 2007 against the Portland Trail Blazers. He enjoyed his best season in 2008-2009, averaging 17.2 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and almost 30 minutes per game. On February 23, 2009, Nate scored 41 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He went on to win his second Slam Dunk title with 52% of the fans votes after jumping over “Superman” Dwight Howard, as he donned his green jersey and green Nikes representing Kryptonite (KryptoNATE). Days after winning the Slam Dunk contest for a third time, Nate was traded to the Boston Celtics on February 18, 2010. Nate was a key contributor to the Celtics run to the 2010 NBA Finals as he scored all of his 13 points in the second quarter clinching game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Nate was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 24, 2011.
COLLEGE: Nate led the Washington Huskies to two straight NCAA basketball tournament appearances, including a trip to the sweet sixteen his junior year. Nate was named Third Team All-American by AP and NABC as a junior. He earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and junior seasons. Nate finished his collegiate career as Washington’s 18th all-time leading scorer with 1,283 points. He also ranks fourth all-time in three-point field goals made with 127 and third in steals with 140. Nate originally signed with Washington to play football before deciding to concentrate on basketball prior to his sophomore year. His college football career is most remembered for his interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup against the then 3rd ranked Washington State Cougars.
PHILANTHROPY: While a member of the Knicks, Nate was one of the Big Apple’s most popular and community-minded athletes, and an active supporter of the Garden of Dreams Foundation. From 2006-2009, Nate participated in the Knicks ticket program, in which he purchased tickets and food vouchers so local community based organizations had the opportunity to attend a Knicks home game. In honor of Black History Month, Nate attended the Knicks’ Read to Achieve Event for 500 children aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. During road trips to Washington, DC, he has spent time visiting rehabbing military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Nate hosted a holiday party for 200 youth from the Tarrytown Boys & Girls Club in New York. He headlined Nike youth basketball camps with trips to China following his 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Nate is also very active in his hometown community of Seattle, WA. Nate sponsored the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) math program at his alma mater Rainier Beach High School. Nate’s contribution funded the after school preparation program, the personnel, supplies and transportation. The 27-week program aimed to increase the math skills for 111 students and assist them in passing the math portion of the WASL. Nate funded the Rainier Beach boy’s basketball team’s registration for the King Holiday Hoop Festival. Every summer, he hosts the annual Nate Robinson Basketball Camp for boys and girls in Seattle, WA, giving out camp scholarships to South Seattle youth.
PERSONAL: Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson was born on May 31, 1984, and is the oldest of seven siblings. Nate played all 13-football games of 2002 season and started the final six games as a cornerback on the Husky football squad, including the Sun Bowl. His father Jacque Robinson played running back at Washington and in the NFL. Nate dunked for the first time (a volleyball) in the eighth grade. His vertical leap is 43.5 inches. Nate appeared on NBC’s Today Show to promote the film Semi-Pro, in February 2008, joining host Meredith Vieira for a two-on-two hoop game vs. Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell. Nate attended the 92nd annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, DC as a special guest of Microsoft. Nate loves to play videogames and enjoys communicating with his fans over Twitter.