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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #28 — Nate Robinson

The legend of Nate Rob.

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During his time with the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry has had 106 teammates who have appeared in at least one game. Some played in exactly one game, while others played in hundreds. Some never actually played in a game that Curry was active for, while others formed historically great partnerships with him.

And I’m ranking all 106 of them before a new season starts and he adds to the tally. Better get a move on.

Players are ranked — and stats are shown — based only on their time as Curry’s teammate. How good/bad they were in other organizations doesn’t matter. How good/bad they were on pre-2009-10 Warriors teams doesn’t matter.

#28 — Nate Robinson

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Games: 51 (49th out of 106)
Points per game: 11.2 (19th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.0 (T-70th out of 106)
Assists per game: 4.5 (7th out of 106)

For a moment let’s try and forget our most recent memory of Nate Robinson, which is him face down on the canvas in a boxing match after fighting a morally defunct YouTube celebrity in a fight that was sanctioned for god knows what financial reasons.

Instead, let’s go back to the 2011-12 season, when Robinson was suiting up for the Warriors — one of eight teams he would play for in his NBA career.

The Dubs weren’t yet a good team — they went 23-43 in the lockout-shortened season — but they were all kinds of fun with Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and Nate Rob.

It was a fun time.

Robinson will be remembered for his amazing dunks despite being 5’9”, and for his charisma and theatrics. But during his Warriors tenure, he was also, quite simply, a good basketball player. He averaged double figures despite coming off the bench, and his per 36 minutes stats were 17.2 points and 7.0 assists. He was a decent shooter from downtown, with a spectacular assist rate.

The advanced stats paint Robinson as a player who made the Warriors offense significantly better. We’ll remember him most for being fun, but we shouldn’t forget that he was also good.

With fewer than 30 players left, I’m going to start listing the remaining names in alphabetic order, to help out with determining whether someone is properly ranked. Here they are:

Kelenna Azubuike, Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marquese Chriss, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Jarrett Jack, Damion Lee, David Lee, Jeremy Lin, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Corey Maggette, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Eric Paschall, D’Angelo Russell, Klay Thompson, David West, Andrew Wiggins, Dorell Wright


What do you think of Nate Robinson’s ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    He was better than #28
    (38 votes)
  • 45%
    #28 is about right
    (56 votes)
  • 23%
    He was worse than #28
    (29 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now

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