Mar 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) dribbles the ball against Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) during the second half at the United Center. Denver defeats Chicago 119-118 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Old Faces in New Places: Nate Robinson

Old Team: Chicago Bulls

New Team: Denver Nuggets

Role: 6th man

Best Case Scenario: 6th man of the year. Nate Robinson gives new head coach, Brian Shaw, another option as a pick-n-roll ball handler, where Nate was most effective this past season. Per synergy, Nate ranked 30th overall as a PnR ball handler, making 170 shots in 390 attempts(43.6%). Nate could find success running pick-and-rolls with Faried and McGee as roll men, but the newly acquired JJ Hickson is better than both in those situations. The former Trail Blazer ranked 37th in the league as a roll man, making 79 out of 135 shots(58%). Robinson also excelled in spot up shooting scenarios, shooting 44% from three, per synergy. To put it simply, Nate will be a likely candidate for 6th man of the year.

Worst Case Scenario: Because of his erratic play and unpredictability, Nate will be flushed out of the backcourt rotation. Andre Miller continues to be a more safer, and stable selection for backup point guard. Nate also loses minutes because of defensive deficiencies, and head coach Brian Shaw uses Randy Foye instead — Foye is 6 foot 4 and more suited to defend both guard positions.

What Will Really Happen: Virtue of his athleticism and speed, he will flourish in Denver’s fastbreak, high octane offense. Nate will pick up where he left off in Chicago — take the lead scoring role if necessary, while firing up teammates and crowd.

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