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Nate Robinson
PG - 5'9, 180lbs - 40 years old - 11 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired in 2018
  • Birthdate: 05/31/1984
  • Drafted (NBA): 21st pick, 2005
  • Pre-draft team: Washington
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2005 NBA DraftNBADrafted 21st overall by Phoenix.
2005 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Phoenix, along with Quentin Richardson and cash, to New York in exchange for Kurt Thomas and the draft rights to Dijon Thompson (#54).
1st July, 2005NBASigned four year, $5,576,499 rookie scale contract with New York. Included team options for 2007/08 and 2008/09.
25th October, 2006NBANew York exercised 2007/08 team option.
27th October, 2007NBANew York exercised 2008/09 team option.
25th September, 2009NBARe-signed by New York to a one year, $4 million contract.
18th February, 2010NBATraded by New York, along with Marcus Landry, to Boston in exchange for Bill Walker, Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and a protected 2014 second round pick (not conveyed).
19th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Boston to a two year, $8.7 million contract.
24th February, 2011NBATraded by Boston, along with Kendrick Perkins, to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 first round pick (#22, Fab Melo).
24th December, 2011NBAWaived by Oklahoma City.
4th January, 2012NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Golden State.
31st July, 2012NBASigned a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Chicago.
26th July, 2013NBASigned a two year, $4,122,720 contract with Denver. Included player option for 2014/15.
23rd June, 2014NBAExercised 2014/15 player option.
13th January, 2015NBATraded by Denver to Boston in exchange for Jameer Nelson.
15th January, 2015NBAWaived by Boston.
7th March, 2015NBASigned a 10 day contract with L.A. Clippers.
17th March, 2015NBASigned a second 10 day contract with L.A. Clippers.
16th October, 2015NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
29th October, 2015NBAWaived by New Orleans.
14th March, 2016IsraelSigned for the remainder of the season with Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
8th February, 2017D-LeagueAcquired by Delaware 87ers.
3rd April, 2017VenezuelaSigned for the remainder of the season with Guaros de Lara.
4th October, 2017VenezuelaRe-signed by Guaros de Lara for the duration of the Liga Sudamericana.
2nd Novemer, 2017VenezuelaLeft Guaros de Lara.
31st July, 2018LebanonSigned a one year contract with Homenetme.
Career Moves
2002 - 2005Washington (NCAA)
June 2005 - February 2010New York Knicks (NBA)
February 2010 - February 2011Boston Celtics (NBA)
February 2011 - December 2011Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
January 2012 - June 2012Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2012 - June 2013Chicago Bulls (NBA)
July 2013 - January 2015Denver Nuggets (NBA)
January 2015Boston Celtics (NBA)
March 2015L.A. Clippers (NBA)
October 2015New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
March 2016 - June 2016Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel)
February 2017- April 2017Delaware 87ers (D-League)
April 2017 - November 2017Guaros de Lara (Venezuela)
July 2018 - presentHomenetmen (Lebanon)
Articles about Nate Robinson

September 23, 2013

Nate Robinson – Denver Nuggets

Robinson, like Barnes, has always been one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He has long been dismissed by fans as a gimmick, overlooked by NBA front offices on account of his brazen personality, and derided by both as being useless defensively and too unreliable to be of use. Beneath all the exaggeration, there is some truth to these things. Especially the unreliability.

But the greater truth, the one Robinson proved emphatically last season, is that he is phenomenally talented. His height and occasional battles with martyrdom make it tough to put down this talent consistently, yet it is there, and Robinson’s scoring spurts can legitimately change NBA games in ways few others can. His shot making talent is rivalled only by the star guards, and, occasional brain fart notwithstanding, he is a better floor general and half court creator than legend suggests. And even on the days when he’s not producing well, he still gives forth all his energy. This counts for a lot, and the $2 million per annum Denver was able to get him for doesn’t speak to how good Robinson can be.

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December 19, 2012

K.C. Johnson reports that the Bulls, despite being a number four seed without having their MVP on the court, are sorely tempted to waive Nate Robinson.

In one of the most unheralded high quality moves of the summer - unheralded because the dominant Bullsean narrative of the summer was rightly one of cost-cutting and player-dumping - the Bulls were able to sign Robinson to not only a minimum salary contract, but a partially guaranteed one at that. Of the $1,146,337 Nate is owed - an amount which, if he's kept for the full season, the Bulls will owe only $854,389 of - only $400,000 is guaranteed, becoming fully guaranteed if not waived on or before January 1st [not the 10th, as reported elsewhere]. In an industry where the permanent goal is to sign as good as quality of player as is possible for as cheap of a price as is possible, this is an incredibly good contract. The institutional maligning of Nate as a player that dates back years cannot (or should not) ignore the fact that he's a hugely talented player who can single handedly turn the outcome of NBA games. And the Bulls should know this, because he's done that more than once for them this season.

The move would be, of course, patently ridiculous. Even if the season was a wash, you don't waive a most vital contributor to save on what, by NBA standards, is a nominal fee, and by no standard is the season proving to be a wash in the first place. Nate is third on the Bulls in PER, the only man who can consistently create a shot off the dribble in Rose's absence, arguably the team's best ball handler, its only creative backcourt player, and one of its best shooters. He's even being masked defensively by the Bulls's meticulous defensive system, and is thus a hugely important player to a team whose season is still important. There are absolutely no basketball reasons why Nate should be cut on the basis of his performance thus far, and the justification offered - that Marquis Teague is showing "signs" - is an unbelievably tepid excuse. Teague has not yet even had the Bulls career of Acie Law, who at least managed three good games to Teague's two. Excited by his future as the may be, there is absolutely no reason why Teague should play ahead of Nate if the Bulls want to win games.

[...] As this is the same team that squeezed Teague of of $170,000 for no justifiable reason, it is entirely possible that this supposedly negligible amount is nevertheless deemed sufficient to merit losing one of their best players. That, however, would be unpalatable. So would be the grim but plausible reality that Bulls brass have sullied on Nate simply because they don't like his style of play, a reality which would involve prioritising aesthetics and perceived importance of fundamentals over actual positive impact. Flawed as Nate is, he's still incredibly useful. It would be depressing for that to be overlooked in deference to stylistic reasons.

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June 9, 2011

[T]he amnesty clause (that we're having to pretend will exist here, but which almost certainly will exist in some form) will further expand the range of available talents. A lot of decent players are going to become available, not because they can't play the game, but because they can't justify their contract. A lot of the candidates are obvious and inevitable, some perhaps less so. Here's a potential list:

- Oklahoma City: Nate Robinson - Warts and all, Nate is not a bad player. But he's in the wrong situation now, an Oklahoma City team that does not need him. Robinson sits behind Eric Maynor for the simple reason that Maynor is better, and while it may behoove OKC to keep Nate around as a third stringer and trade asset (due to his talent and his expiring contract), they may see fit to work the cap angle instead.

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February 26, 2011

Oklahoma City shone this week, shoring up their weakest position and picking up a quality backup guard in the process, all for spare parts. D.J. White (a power forward who was never going to crack the rotation), Jeff Green (a talented sixth man type caught on entirely the wrong team), Nenad Krstic (who was a good candidate to leave this summer anyway) and Mo Peterson (who was definitely going to leave this summer anyway), combined with a future protected first round pick from the Clippers, saw them land two starting calibre centres in Kenny Perkins and Nazr Mohammed who should greatly improve their defense, along with Nathan Robinson, who won't.

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February 21, 2010

On top of that, they traded Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry to the Celtics in exchange for the three expiring/unguaranteed deals of Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker. That deal saves the Knicks a little money, but will cost quite a bit for the Celtics who will have to pay Nate's $1 million playoff bonus (previously listed as unlikely), and then pay it again for tax. It's worth it, however, for the significant upgrade from House to he. (For that reason, it's kind of baffling why the Knicks did it. But none of it will matter anyway.)

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