In case you haven’t noticed, former Husky Nate Robinson is killing the competition lately. Forget the dunk contest, that was cool, but it was strictly for kicks and giggles. I’m talking about the real thing, NBA ballgames. Nate is having a huge impact on the fate of the New York Knicks, becoming a one-man scoring machine and putting up offensive numbers like he was playing in an And 1 street ball tourney. It’s ridiculous.
Last night, Nate dropped 41 points on the unsuspecting Indiana Pacers. 41! He added eight boards, three assists, and two steals into the mix as well, putting together a nice all-around effort. Two weeks ago, he had a three-game stretch where he averaged 31.7 PPG, with a 30-point night, followed by a 32 and a 33. Downright savage.
In fact, since 2009 began, Nate has failed to reach double-figures scoring only five times. And you’d have to go all the way back to January 17th to find the last incidence of single-digits. So far in February, the Rainier Beach alum is averaging 23.6 PPG, well above his season mean of 16.6. With a career scoring average of 11.8 PPG, this recent surge in production has come largely unexpected. Not that we didn’t know he was capable of this. But from a national perspective, Nate Rob has been looked at as little more than a high-flying novelty act, the closest thing to an NBA acrobat as there is.
Which is why you can’t help but feel good for the guy who helped put Washington on the map during his tenure here. No one viewed Nate Robinson as an elite scorer when he left Montlake to enter the League. But if he keeps this up, we may have to start considering the man as one of the better players in the NBA. And that’s just fine with us.