Video: Nate Robinson shows off hops on Instagram, still hopeful of NBA return
Nate Robinson is one of the most entertaining players in recent memory. The 33-year-old guard has won the Slam Dunk contest a record three times, despite only being 5’9”. Also, Robinson is most remembered for his notorious block on Yao Ming, despite being almost two feet shorter.
However, he has not been in the league since 2015. After the New Orleans Pelicans, his 8th team, waived him after two games, Robinson had stints in Israel, the D-league, and Venezuela. The former 21st pick of the 2005 draft is still hoping for another shot at the NBA, and he took to Instagram to prove that he is not rusty.
In two video posts, Robinson showed his hops and his ball-handling skills. Watching the videos, it can definitely be said that Robinson is not that far away from his NBA form. Most importantly, his athleticism is still here, and that is mostly what he built his career on.
Robinson came into the league in 2005 as the 21st pick, selected by the Phoenix Suns, but was shipped right away to the New York Knicks. After a five-year tenure with the Knicks, he was traded to the Boston Celtics. The C’s traded him the following season to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he only played four games. Then came short stints in Golden State and Chicago, after which Robinson played for the Denver Nuggets.
He spent one full season in Denver before being traded to Boston around the half-point of the following season. Boston waived him immediately, and then came a series of 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Clippers. Finally, Robinson signed a contract with the Pelicans, but after playing two games, he was waived.
All in all, Robinson averaged a solid 11.0 points and 3.0 assists per game in his career. He also shot 42.3 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point land.