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Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson.jpg
Boston Celtics  – No. 4
Born May 31, 1984 (1984-05-31) (age 25)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
League NBA
High school James Logan High School
Union City, California
Rainier Beach High School
Seattle, Washington
College Washington
Draft 1st round, (21st overall), 2005
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams New York Knicks (2005–2010)
Awards NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner (2006, 2009, 2010)
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (2005)
Profile Info Page

Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson (born May 31, 1984, in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the Boston Celtics.

Robinson is listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) with shoes,[1] and has a vertical leap of 43.5 inches (110 cm).[2]


High school

Nate Robinson spent his first two years of high school at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. He moved to Union City, California, where he played for James Logan High School for one year, and then returned to Rainier Beach. At Beach, he excelled in basketball, football, and track. He led his basketball team to a 28–1 record and won the AAA state championship as a senior with University of Louisville star Terrence Williams, USC alumnus Lodrick Stewart, and former University of Kansas player Rodrick Stewart. He averaged 17.9 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game as a senior in 2002, and was named the AAA State player of the year in Washington. He led his team to a no. 7 national ranking in USA Today, and was one of the 100 finalists for the McDonald's High School All-America team[citation needed].

Also in 2002 he was named the AAA player of the year for football where he totaled over 1,200 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving while scoring 21 touchdowns. And he was a SuperPrep All-American in 2001 and was ranked as the nation's 17th-best player at the athlete position. He was also a standout in track and field, setting a Washington state record of 13.85 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. He also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the long jump at the 2002 state track meet[citation needed].


Robinson had a successful collegiate career in which he led the Washington Huskies to two straight NCAA basketball tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance during his junior year[citation needed]. At the end of that season he was named a third-team Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American[citation needed].

Robinson also played football at the University of Washington. Robinson's college football career is most remembered for his interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup against the Washington State Cougars, who were at the time ranked #3 in the AP poll. With minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Cougars leading by 3 points, Robinson intercepted a pass thrown by Matt Kegel. The Huskies scored a field goal on the ensuing possession and won the game in triple overtime.[3]

NBA career

2005–06 season

Robinson was the 21st selection of the 2005 NBA Draft, chosen by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the New York Knicks with Quentin Richardson for Kurt Thomas and the draft rights to second-round pick (54th overall) Dijon Thompson[citation needed].

Robinson played in 72 games his rookie year, starting 26 of them, while averaging 9.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. He had a major breakout performance against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden where he scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Of his 17 points, three came on a game-winning three-pointer at the overtime buzzer over his boyhood idol, Allen Iverson. During the All-Star weekend, Robinson won the 2006 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest, edging Andre Iguodala 141–140 in an unprecedented overtime, although he took 14 attempts to make his final dunk. In his most memorable dunk of the night, he jumped over 1986 champion Spud Webb, and received a perfect 50-point score for the dunk.[4]

During the 2005–06 season, Robinson was reportedly involved in physical altercations between teammates Jerome James and Malik Rose in separate incidents. He was at one point considered by Knicks' coach Larry Brown to be demoted to the NBA Development League. He was instead placed on the Inactive List for 10 games between February 24 and March 11.[5]

2006–07 season

On December 16, 2006, Robinson was one of the primary participants in the brawl between the Denver Nuggets and the Knicks. His fight with Nuggets guard J. R. Smith landed in the seats, and he was suspended for 10 games as a result.[6]

Robinson competed in the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest to defend his 2006 title, and came in second place after Gerald Green. In the second round, Green's Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce brought out a cardboard cut-out of Robinson to dunk over, but Robinson came out and stood in its place instead, and Green jumped over him to complete the dunk.[7]

2008–09 season

On February 14, 2009, Robinson won the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition. During the first round he completed two dunks, the second of which included jumping off Knicks teammate Wilson Chandler, who was on the floor. He finished second in the first round with a score of 87. After the first round, he went into the locker room and changed into a green Knicks jersey with green shorts and green shoes representing Kryptonite (which he called "KryptoNATE"), countering competitor Dwight Howard's Superman theme. In the final round, Nate Robinson, who is only 5 feet 9, jumped over Dwight Howard (6 feet 11 inches) for the slam. Robinson went on to win his second Slam Dunk title with 52% of the fan vote.[8]

Robinson enjoyed his best season in 2008-2009, averaging 17.2 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and almost 30 minutes per game. In a five-game period spanning the All Star break, Robinson averaged 30 ppg, 7 rpg and 7 apg in 37 mpg. These figures included a game-winning performance of 41 points and 8 rebounds against Indiana on February 23.

On August 12, 2009, Robinson reported on his Twitter page that he would change his number from number 4 to number 2 for the 2009-10 season. On September 25, 2009, Robinson re-signed with the New York Knicks to a one-year deal.

2009–10 season

After a series of disagreements, Mike D'Antoni removed Robinson from the Knicks' rotation for 14 games beginning on December 1, 2009. Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, urged the Knicks to deal his client, or perhaps work out a buy-out with the team. After remaining on the bench for nearly a month, Robinson made his return on January 1, 2010, against the Atlanta Hawks and scored 41 points, off the bench, in the Knicks' victory.

On February 13, 2010, Robinson won the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, becoming the first three-time Slam Dunk champion.[9]

On February 18, 2010, Robinson was traded to the Boston Celtics along with Marcus Landry in exchange for Eddie House, Bill Walker, and J. R. Giddens.[10]


Nate Robinson is one-eighth Filipino. According to his mother, Robinson's maternal great grandfather was pure Filipino.[11]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2005–06 New York 72 26 21.4 .407 .397 .752 2.3 2.0 .8 .0 9.3
2006–07 New York 64 5 21.2 .434 .390 .777 2.4 1.4 .8 .1 10.1
2007–08 New York 72 17 26.2 .423 .332 .786 3.1 2.9 .8 .0 12.7
2008–09 New York 74 11 29.9 .437 .325 .841 3.9 4.1 1.3 .1 17.2
Career 282 59 24.8 .427 .350 .796 2.9 2.7 .9 .0 12.4


  1. ^ "Nate Robinson's NBA Player File". August 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Luke (June 24, 2005). "Draft Overrated/Underrated". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ Winner, Andrew (November 25, 2002). "Huskies complete Apple Cup-set". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ Wong, Matt (February 21, 2006). "Robinson wins dunkfest amid controversy". Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ Isola, Frank (April 6, 2006). "Nate nearly shut down". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Suspensions total 47 games from Knicks-Nuggets fight". December 20, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  7. ^ Berman, Marc (February 18, 2007). "Nate Sees Green". New York Post. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Robinson, Cook, Rose shine in Phoenix". Associated Press. February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ High-flying Nate becomes first three-time Slam Dunk champ
  10. ^ "Celtics acquire Nate Robinson, Marcus Landry from Knicks". February 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Henson, Joaquin (January 7, 2010). "'Krypto-Nate' eligible for RP 5?". Retrieved January 8, 2010. 

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