July 26, 2013, Denver – The Denver Nuggets have signed free-agent guard Nate Robinson to a multiyear contract, general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Robinson, 5-9, 180, has averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in eight NBA seasons with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls.
Most recently with the Bulls in 2012-13, Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists while shooting .405 from 3-point range. During a 19-game stretch from March 8 to April 14, he averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 assists.
“Nate provides a unique combination of speed, scoring, passion and explosiveness,” Connelly said. “He’s proven that he can fit in any system and enjoy success at any tempo.”
Robinson enjoyed an impressive playoff run last spring, averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 assists while helping the Bulls advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He recorded a historic performance in Game 4 of Chicago’s first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 34 points off the bench in just 29 minutes of a triple-overtime win. His 23 points in the fourth quarter were second only to Michael Jordan in a Bulls playoff game, and his 34 set a franchise postseason record for a reserve.
Against Miami in Game 1 of the East semifinals, Robinson joined Jordan, Derrick Rose and Scottie Pippen as the only Chicago players in the past 25 seasons to have at least 25 points and nine assists in a playoff game.
Robinson, 29, was drafted 21st overall out of the University of Washington in 2005. His best statistical season came in 2008-09 when he averaged 17.2 points and finished third in the Sixth Man of the Year voting.
Nate Robinson is not new to Kicks On Court.
The state of Nate is very much intact and has, in fact, always been marked by consistency since the beginnings of our Kicks On Court column. If you recall, Nate was the first ever Kicks On Court Champion in 2010, wearing sneakers such as the “Birthday Bundle” LeBron IV, the “Altitude” 13s and the “St. Vincent-St. Mary” LeBron V. His reputation as a sneaker guy in the NBA is well documented, and even his peers take notice of what graces his feet on the regular.
“You know, Nate is going to go to the extreme with his kicks on court,” said fellow Kicks On Court Champion nominee Nick Young. “That’s just what he does.”
Nate has always worn a medley of sneakers on court; Barkleys, Pennys, Kobes, Jordans and LeBrons have all been laced up by him throughout his career. Yet, this season he was granted the opportunity to play for the team his childhood idol, Michael Jordan, led during the 90s. For Nate, that meant playing in the United Center, donning pinstripe uniforms and channeling MJ in everything from jaw-dropping highlights to kicks on court.
“Before the season, I went back and watched MJ play, and I paid attention to what he wore against certain teams,” said Robinson. “Some of those games inspired what I wore this season.”
The inspiration was definitely obvious on some nights more than others. Sure, he wore an array of Jordans on court for the majority of the season (all but one game this year), including the “Hare” Air Jordan 7, the “Taxi” Air Jordan 12 and the “Miro” Air Jordan 7, but there were certain notable choices he made in literally trying to be like Mike. For example, Robinson specifically rocked the “Concord” Air Jordan 11 in one of the few games that the Chicago Bulls donned the ever-so-popular pinstripe uniforms. The “Concord” 11 has been a common wear in the NBA for the past couple of seasons, but having the presence of mind to wear a shoe MJ wore consistently with those same pinstripe uniforms was, well, Jordan-like.
An online petition called “Keep Nate Robinson in Chicago” was put together by a Bulls fan who says, in part, “Nate Robinson is an integral part of Chicago Bulls family. His energy, passion and scoring prowess have contributed heavily to the success of this team. Robinson, a seven-year veteran, has always showed flashes of genius, but it wasn’t until this year with the bulls that he really seemed to come into his own.”
Indeed he did. So much so that the NBA went so far as to make a commercial around his Game 4 heroics.
Who knows what the future will bring for Nate Robinson as it relates to the Bulls? He’s obviously earned himself a pay raise plus job security in the form of a long-term deal next season based on his performance this season.
In this episode of #StateOfNate, Nate Robinson takes you back to New York and gives you an inside at his life during the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Check out Nate Robinson in his new NBA Playoff commercial.
“We Are All Watching: Robinson” is the final installment of the NBA Playoffs 2013 commercials. This spot takes us on a journey around the world with fans glued to their televisions during the first overtime game 4 of the 2013 Playoffs. In the first round series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls, the game is tied and with only one second remaining, Bulls’ Nate Robinson puts up an amazing running one-hander. The shot is good and the crowd erupts.
Now Is BIG.