Seriously. When was the last time you heard about him? The veteran played for 8 different NBA teams averaging 11 ppg, 3 apg, and 2.3 rpg from 2005 to 2015. Robinson was not your typical NBA player as he was the first ever 3x NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion…at only 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was truly a remarkable player, to say the least. As a young player, Robinson used his gifted athleticism to make up for his below average height for the league. But as he grew older, he struggled to keep up with the other players in the league and his height definitely didn’t help him. Robinson’s last productive year in the NBA was with the Chicago Bulls during the 2012-2013 season where he played all 82 games, starting 23 and averaging 13.1 ppg in Derrick Rose’s absence. During the postseason, the Bulls made an unlikely run through the first round and taking the first game against the Miami Heat led by Robinson’s heroic efforts. The Bulls went on to lose the next four to the Heat who would eventually go on to become NBA champions, but Robinson showed promise when his number was called in the playoffs. The next three seasons were plagued by injury as Robinson moved from the Nuggets to the Celtics to the Clippers to the Pelicans appearing in 44 games and averaging just under 6 ppg. During his stint with the Pelicans, Robinson was waived after appearing in only two games with the team.
So where is he now? You may have heard that he was trying to play in the NFL and he actually had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite team growing up, but nothing came of it. Robinson played 14 games in the Israel Basketball Premier League as well, showing pretty good numbers (16.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game). Right now, though, Robinson plays for the Delaware 87ers, the D-league affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Robinson says that he is attempting an NBA comeback and he hopes teams can see that he can contribute on and off the court with his play and positive attitude.
You have to admire the tenacity and determination of Nate Robinson. After playing in 618 career NBA games at the age of 32, he still wants more. Robinson really does put “Heart Over Height” as the title of the book he wrote explains. Much like stars such as Spud Webb and Allen Iverson served as inspiration for him, Robinson can be a source of inspiration for others even if height isn’t the obstacle they are trying to overcome. Nate Robinson wants to play basketball and no one can tell him that he can’t. So, if you find yourself near Philadelphia or the University of Delaware, the school that hosts the Delaware 87ers, stop in to watch the former and hopefully future NBA star in action for an affordable price.
Nate Robinson Career Stats
NBA Regular Season: 618 GP, 11 PPG, 3 APG, 2.3 RPG, 0.9 SPG
NBA Postseason: 32 GP, 8.6 PPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 SPG
D-League Regular Season: 14 GP, 12.1 PPG, 4.1 APG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG