Denver Nuggets Sign Free-Agent Guard Nate Robinson
Veteran adds depth, 3-point shooting to backcourt
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.