NBA: Chicago Bulls and Guard Nate Robinson Agree to Deal

7/31/12 in NBA   |   Presslp   |   9 respect

As the Chicago Bulls continue to fill out their newly vacated roster with low-budget options, sources report veteran guard Nate Robinson will be the most recent addition to the reconstructed “Bench Mob.”
Robinson, who appeared in 51 games for the Golden State Warriors (and started 23 of them), averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists last season. He will be the fourth guard the Bulls add this off-season, including Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, and drafted rookie Marquis Teague.
While it seems like Robinson may have to compete with Teague for the back up point guard position (and later third string once Derrick Rose makes his return), Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has previously been hesitant in giving rookies extended minutes. Jimmy Butler, drafted last year by the Bulls, only appeared in 42 games and averaged a measly 8.5 minutes, mostly in garbage time.
Pair that with Teague’s sub-par showing during the summer league and it would seem like Teague has a long, uneventful season ahead of him.
Presumably, Robinson will fill the role John Lucas III played last season, providing a spark off the bench for an often stagnant Bulls offense (Lucas recently signed with the Toronto Raptors).
Similarities in stature aside (both Robinson and Teague are shorter than 6’), Robinson holds a slight edge in production and success. Lucas only averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists, and was often criticized for over-dribbling and failing to properly execute the offense in favor of finding his own shot. And while Robinson’s arrival certainly doesn’t completely alleviate Rose’s absence, it certainly seems like an upgrade. He’s also worked with Thibodeau before in Boston, so his previous knowledge of the defensive guru’s schemes will help him get up to speed.
Ultimately, Robinson will be a legitimate depth option for the Bulls and can easily help make up what the Bulls lost in letting their previous bench players walk.
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