Three-time Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson has so many tattoos on his body that it’s impossible to track each one.
The Seattle native, who was one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA during his playing career, is inked all over his upper body and has a few on his legs as well.
Robinson got his first tattoo when he was 13 years old. He got the Iverson Bulldog on his left shoulder since Allen Iverson had the same tattoo. Iverson, of course, was an idol to so many hoopers.
Robinson got addicted to tattoos after that first one and actually upset his father. Robinson’s dad didn’t want his son to get more tattoos, but Nate says he got even more after his dad told him not to. He started wearing long sleeve shirts to hide the tattoos on his arms from his dad.
What’s funny, though, is that Robinson wound up getting a tattoo on his right arm for his dad. Robinson’s dad wore No. 28 in college and Nate got that number inked, along with “MVD” for “Most Valuable Dad.”
Robinson has a few tattoos that represent his devotion to God as well. He has “FROG” for “Fully Rely On God” and “JUMP” for “Jesus Understands My Pain.”
Back in 2009 when he was playing for the New York Knicks, Robinson said the tattoo on his stomach was the most painful one he got. As you can see from the below video, back tattoos are pretty painful as well:
Robinson entered the NBA in 2005 with the Knicks. He averaged 9.3 points and 2.0 assists as a rookie in 72 games and won the Slam Dunk Contest in Houston. Robinson won the contest in 2006, 2009 and 2010, all while playing for the Knicks.
Robinson dunked over Dwight Howard and Spud Webb in the Dunk Contest. He earned the nickname “KryptoNate” after jumping over Howard, who was nicknamed Superman at the time.
In 2010, Robinson was traded to the Boston Celtics. He finished his Knicks career with averages of 12.5 points in 312 games and remains a Madison Square Garden favorite when he’s in the building and shown on the jumbotron.
Following his Celtics stint, Robinson played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans. In the 2013 playoffs with the Bulls, the former high-flyer scored 34 points in Game 4 to help Chicago win the game after they were trailing by double digits.
Now 36 and retired, Nate Robinson finished his NBA career with averages of 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.