Every team has one or two players on their bench that has the ability to get the crowd in an uproar for a good reason. The element of excitement can give the home players on the floor much needed energy when a big play is needed. The Sixers have such a player in Tony Wroten to fill that role but that is pretty much it. When strolling through the pages of notable upcoming free agents I came across little Nate Robinson.
Robinson has had his fair share of bringing excitement and highlight plays to several NBA teams over the last couple of seasons. Philadelphia fans may remember him for all the wrong reasons, seeing as some feel former Sixers forward Andre Iguodala was robbed of a Slam Dunk championship title in 2006 because of Robinson. If you have trouble recalling it, I am sure you can find it on YouTube.
Robinson won’t be worth a huge NBA contract but can be a worthy back up point guard that can give you some hard, quality minutes and will get his fair share of points and assists. Sounds like the perfect player for Sam Hinkie, besides his height. Playing for the Denver Nuggets this season, Robinson only played in 44 games before he tore his ACL, but he did manage to average 10.4 point per game before the injury.
He is a veteran point guard who can come in strong and help the younger guys polish their skills, especially Carter-Williams. What Robinson lacks in size he plays much bigger and won’t be pushed around by bigger guards. Not to mention one big play or one big block by the 5-foot-9 point guard will only energize and send shock waves through the team and arena. Sometimes that is all a team needs is a vital energy guy to come into a game and get the team going. He is a player who will rarely have his head down and will surely put some of the younger players back on track once he seems them fading off.
Robinson will not ask for a huge contract and knows that this is clearly Carter-Williams’ team at the point guard position, but a player with his experience and his athleticism can surely pay off in the long run. Robinson has come off the bench for most of his career, so this wouldn’t be anything different than what he is used too. Not to mention, Nate Robinson and Tony Wroten are cousins, so that would make for some good ole fashioned family cookin’ on the court.
Do you want to see Nate Robinson in a 76ers uniform next season?