Over the past month plus Nate Robinson's shooting has been wildly inconsistent, and while he's been streaky over his career, most of these shots are one's that you almost guarantee him to make. In other words, he's missing "HIS" shots. Along with Nate's hot and cold shooting has come some very questionable decisions with the ball. Missing players coming off screens wide open, threading the needle when it's not necessary, and of course pulling the trigger on shots when it's abundantly clear that he should just reset the offense. But can anyone blame Nate for all this?

With Rondo's injury Robinson was asked to play starting point guard, and he did pretty well. But that of course was with the starters. Since coming back to the bench it's beginning to appear that Robinson doesn't work very well as a true point guard. He's a player who is most affective when he has his eye on the rim. When he's responsible for everyone else's shots he appears to get a little overwhelmed. Luckily for The Celtics, he's not too far away from being relieved of that duty.

On January 20th Delonte West was cleared to handle the basketball without a brace on his right wrist. This is the first time he's been able to properly handle the ball since he broke his non shooting wrist back in November. West has kept his cardio up while absent from the team, and has even been shooting with one hand quite successfully. While Delonte is still 2-3 weeks away from making his actual comeback, the return will provide Boston with depth that his has yet to see this year.

With Delonte you get a player who understands how Doc's offense works, he understands where to get his shots, and he understands how to defend in the NBA at the point guard, shooting guard, and sometimes small forward positions. With West returning as the quarterback for the second unit, this will have a positive impact on almost every other player on the team. Nate no longer has to worry about running the offense. Ray Allen can get more rest as the year goes on. Rondo won't have to run both units for 40+ minutes every night, and every big man that plays on the second unit now has a guard who understands how to set them up. Delonte West is a very important part of what Boston is planning.

Jesse Dampolo 1/26/2011 04:15:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    Robinson's been horrendous pretty much all season. If he misses his jump shots he literally contributes NOTHING.

    He should be the 12th man once Delonte returns. I hope Delonte gets into a nice rhythm and backs up Rondo and Ray Allen in the playoffs.

  2. Three Toe says:

    i like when rondo and nate are playing together, because that means nates not playing pg. but i agree, i would have nate pretty far down the list. i like VW or Daniels right now if you need offense, before nate. i cant forget what he did last year, but currently he's really struggling.

  3. Three Toe says:

    as far as west goes, I think you are right. this second unit is going to be so good when they get a real PG.

  4. Trust me on this one. Once Delonte comes back you'll see Nate catch on fire.

  5. celticfam wordaapp says:

    Totally agree with Jesse. Nice article.

  6. Bohemian says:

    Agreed with TB, Nate hasn't played well at all this season. I understand that he'll get better with Delonte back but as I said previously: didn't we get Nate to get an upgrade over Eddie House's ball handling skills? It hasn't really worked out that way.

    In any case, can't wait to have Delonte back. We will really be a different team in that sense: he can create, he can shoot, he can defend. How much time til he gets back, 2-3 weeks?

  7. Nate is definitely a better ball handler than Eddie House, even with the shooting slumps and bad decisions i'd rather have Robinson running an offense. Not to mention that he's 10x the player defensively.

  8. Bohemian says:

    Well, the thing is Robinson doesn't run the offense. Nate's role is to score, to give a spark of energy from the bench. House's role wasn't so different. Both are streaky and both have problems being a PG.

    Of course, Nate is more athletic and add other things but also Eddie could get you in the game with 2 or 3 consecutive threes...

    But neither is a real PG.

  9. tb727 says:

    Neither Nate or Eddie is a real PG, like Bohemian says. Eddie does one thing great which is shoot. I'm not sure Nate does anything great other than flap his arms like a bird after he hits one open three out of 7.

    Nate is more athletic and is the better ball handler. I guess I like House because he makes big shots.

    Anyways I think Delonte is better than both of those guys and could become the quintessential 3rd guard when he returns.

  10. I'm with you that neither are PG's, I'm just saying that Nate can handle dribbling the ball and converting wide open layups.

    Either way Delonte is better than both of them by quite a bit.

  11. Jenda says:

    Let's see how (and for how long) will Delonte play after he returns from the injury.

  12. Bryce"Sports Guru" Cullins says:

    Nate is what Eddie House was, they are both shooters not ball handlers. As when we brought Sam Cassell in, in 08 Sam was PG, House was the 2, and Posey was the 3 and we had a perfect rotation. West will come back and will be the PG, Robinson the 2 and Quis or Wafer the 3. We can always go pig to and put Quis at the PG and Wafer and Allen split the 2 and 3. we will have so many options once West is back. We will be 3 Deep at the Center, 3 deep at the Pf, 2 deep with the 2 and 3 spots and 2 deep with PG and Wafer will most likely be the 12th spot. great team once everyone is fully healthy, were almost better than 08 Championship team i think when everyone is healthy! #18 Coming At You!!!! GO CELTICS

  13. Bryce "Sports Guru" Cullins says:

    small not pig* by the way

  14. Bryce "Sports Guru" Cullins says:

    actually i mean big hahahaha im off..we can always go big to** thats what i meant jeeeez!

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