Nate Robinson wasn’t supposed to be a part of the Chicago Bulls’ playoff run, let alone, be one of the main reasons why the Bulls made it to the playoffs.
When the Chicago Bulls signed Nate Robinson last off-season, there was some doubt as to whether or not Robinson would make the team. After all, Robinson’s contract was non-guaranteed and speculation throughout the first few months of the season wondered when the Bulls would cut Robinson.
The Bulls signed Robinson to be a body at the point guard position. With Derrick Rose rehabbing from an ACL injury; and Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague as the only point guards on the roster; Robinson was an addition that was meant to be for depth at the position. However, with Hinrich dealing with injuries throughout the duration of the season and Teague receiving the red-shirt treatment; Robinson was called upon to lead the Bulls to success during the regular season.
Robinson responded accordingly. Robinson averaged 13.1 points per game for the Bulls during the regular season while averaging 25.4 minutes per game. Though, during the final two months of the season, Robinson emerged as a player that the Bulls can depend on.
In the months of March and April, Robinson averaged 29.8 minutes per game as he mainly served as the Bulls’ starting point guard in place of the injured Hinrich. In addition, Robinson averaged 16.1 points per game in March and 16.5 during the month of April. Robinson’s admirable play continued in the playoffs as the point guard averaged 33.7 minutes per game while scoring 16.3 points per game. Robinson even managed to play some defense.
With those two months of play, Robinson has become a fan favorite for Bulls fans. So much so that Bulls’ fans are clamoring for the point guard to return to the team for the 2013-2014 season.
Unfortunately, that is an unlikely outcome. What Robinson has also done in these past two months is increase his asking price. The Bulls have little financial flexibility this off-season and there does not appear to be room for the team to re-sign Robinson.
There is nothing wrong with that. Robinson played out of his shoes during these past two months. There is no question how good Robinson is when he is on a hot-streak, just as there is no question how bad he is when he is on a cold streak. But with Rose returning; Hinrich being the more consistent player; and Teague entering his second year, the 28-year-old NBA journeyman will start a new journey with a new team next season.