In his first full season for the Celtics, backup point guard Nate Robinson has been somewhat of a disappointment this year with his erratic shot selection, lack of assists, and costly turnovers that have made many people question whether the Celtics really want him around for the post season. While Nate has seemed to revert back to some of his unpredictable tendencies on the court, many of which helped make him famous as a member of the New York Knicks, he absolutely can be integrated into Boston’s offense to be a great asset and valuable weapon off the bench. Doc Rivers recognized this from the start, and gave Robinson hardly any minutes last season until the playoff series against Orlando, when he finally unleashed his secret weapon of energy, charisma, and scoring ability that he had been working to incorporate into Boston’s offense for months. Robinson needs to re-find this stride within the Celtics’ offense once again in order to become a valuable threat off the bench, and play organized basketball like the Celtics’ Big Nate from last season instead of the erratic Knicks’ little Nate from the seasons prior.

Robinson has grown to be a significant piece of Boston’s roster, and his presence both on the court and when he is pumping up his teammates on the sidelines are incredibly valuable to the Celtics. When he is making his shots, which he has proved he can do in big playoff games, the guy brings a ton of energy which can spark big runs for the C’s, especially when he and Big Baby Davis start feeding off each other’s energy and play. Nate wants him team to win, and will provide them with extra energy whether or not he is on the court, and that makes him very important to have around. As long as he isn’t chucking up dozens of three pointers in transition, his ability to knock down big shots really helps stretch out defenses, and unprepared opposing point guards who typically leave Rondo room to shoot have to drastically change their mindset when guarding Robinson. For this same reason, Eddie House become incredibly valuable for Boston as their backup point guard during their championship season, solely because he did not make unnecessary turnovers and could consistently knock down his three pointers.

Doc Rivers is a great coach and will find a way to get Nate back to Celtics’ form, but if for some reason he keeps playing erratically, then Doc will absolutely not let Robinson’s play cost the Celtics any playoff games. Robinson did score 11 points in 14 minutes today against the Lakers, and looked better than he has for most of the season, and I think he will start looking more and more like the true member of this team that he was last postseason as we draw closer to this year’s postseason. With Delonte West also returning from his wrist injury soon, Nate will be determined to show he can play Boston basketball, and use his minutes on the court to backup Rondo, play organized basketball, make open shots, and contribute to big wins instead of costing them any. We should not be ready to give up on Nate.

Jon Jacobson 1/30/2011 07:59:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    Welcome Scal-for-three- is that an alias for you Karl lol?

    I've been very down on Nate this year but he made his shots today and hence, played well. Nice to see.

    Good article

  2. Banner 18 says:

    I have to say that when we traded Eddie to get Nate, i was very disappointed.
    1. because we lost our 6th man, Eddie.
    2. because i didnt think Nate was a good enough scorer to help the C's (cause i never really watched him outside of the Dunk Contests)

    But im glad Nate has proven me wrong. He helped a great deal in the playoffs last season. His energy is great. It awakens the Garden to another level.
    (Like you addressed), his scoring and energy can start a C's run at any point. For his X-Small size, he really gets the job done.

    I will say, when he is in a shooting drought and chucks up brick after brick, it HIGHLY pisses me off cause it seems like he doesnt even care - but ive never 'given up' on Nate cause i know what he is capable of.

    When Delonte returns, I think Nate and him will be comfortable playing without Rondo on the floor cause West will be able to handle the PG responsibilities while Nate can play off ball.

    With ALL THAT being said, im glad we have Nate. He is an important piece to this team, both with Energy & Scoring (also, his defense has improved greatly since becoming a Celtic).

  3. Phil says:

    Nate's been getting a lot of bad press lately - rightfully so. Instead of giving the Celtics a spark he'd come in and kill any semblance of a cohesiveness with a barrage of crappy shots and put the team in a hole. I thought after the last couple of games his minutes were going to go to Wafer. It was interesting to see in a really big game Doc went back to Nate and sure enough Nate came through. Doc's got a ton of patience - sometime too much. I do want to see how far Wafer can go but the Celts best chance is to get quality minutes out of Nate and not have to rely on Wafer to step it up another couple of levels.

  4. Yep. I originally hated losing Eddie for Nate as well, but was glad to see he could play within the Celtics' system in those playoff games last season. When he avoids putting up too many rushed jumpers, Nate has the potential to be a great fit for Boston's second unit alongside either Wafer or West, or even Rondo if he can step it up in big games like last year.
    - Jon J. (SCAL-4-THREE!)

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  6. Three Toe says:

    Audio quality aside, good vid. But damn hard to listen to.

    Good article. I have nothing new to say, I feel the same way about him as most of you.

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