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Paging Nate Robinson’s Jumper

Has anyone seen Nate Robinson‘s shooting stroke?  It’s currently missing and about to be plastered on every milk carton this side of I-495.  Okay, so maybe that is a bit premature.  The season is only 3 games old, the Celtics are 2-1, and they have 79 more games to go.   There is plenty of time for Nate Robinson to get it together.

Right now, Robinson is last in the league in three point percentage for players who play at least ten minutes a game.  Dead last shooting a meager 1-for-9 from distance.  Luckily for Robinson, he’s in good company.  Joining him on that list is are such high profile players in Brandon Jennings (2-for12), Baron Davis (1-for-6), and Chris Paul (1-for-5) (HoopData.com).  Of that little list of early under-achievers, Nate Robinson ranks first (or last.  Whichever means worst) in True Shooting Percentage (TS%, a field field goal percentage that takes into consideration the weighted values of free throws and three pointers).

The season is young but the backup point guard position is going to be under a pretty intense microscope.  The Celtics have not had a solid backup point guard since they acquired Tony Delk to backup Kenny Anderson for the 2001-2002 season.  That’s a long time.  The list of players the Celtics used or attempted to use since that season include Marcus Banks, Delonte West, Dan Dickau, Orien Greene, Tony Allen, Stephon Marbury, Allan Ray, Sebastian Telfair, Sam Cassell, Gabe Pruitt, Lester Hudson, and Oliver Lafayette.*  Needless to say, the Celtics have not had a reason to be excited about the backup point guard position until this season.

While Robinson’s shooting is the biggest early season surprise, his decision-making is also a cause for concern.  He is playing much freer than he did to finish last season which is a good thing for this Celtics bench.  Coach Doc Rivers has made it known that he feels the Celtics are at their best when they get out and run and the bench unit has the personnel to do just that.  However, getting out and running does not mean driving coast-to-coast and trying to finger-roll a contested layup at full speed when you have a ready and waiting Marquis Daniels underneath the hoop.

In the preseason, Robinson was 13-for-38 from three and 30-67 overall.  Three games is three games and I have no doubt that Robinson will be fine.  Still, I find this slow start very interesting.  In the Celtics lone loss this season, Nate was 1-for-6 from the field and 1-for-3 from distance.  Here’s hoping he gets back on track with a big game against the Pistons tomorrow night.

*I purposely left off Eddie House as for all intents and purposes, he was a shooting guard.

  • W2.

    I think it is a little early to worry too much about Nate, but it is kind of sad when the best/most effective back-up point we have had in ten years, was a mostly washed up Sam Cassel.

    Could we see a Delonte-Von Wafer combo if Nate doesn't get his act together?

  • Berkcelt

    Nate hurt his shoulder toward the end of preseason; Tommy has mentioned it a couple times. That might have something to do with it.

  • KY Celts fan

    Yeah Tony Delk! He’s now back home in KY as an assistant under Calipari.

    I’m not worried about Nate. He’ll come around. Our biggest concern has to be our centers. As long as BB and Quis are productive, Nate can just distribute.

  • Morpheus

    WOW,i must be watching something else here…Nate has totally sucked thus far in the season.Rebounds…missing,playmaking ability… never had it,shooting…try searching the GPS,IQ… ginkgo or ginseng might help.
    I don't think it's Nate's jumper that's missing, i think it's his brain.Some of the shots he throws up make you wanna throw your TV out the window.He doesn't run an offensive play 99.99% of his court time.
    I think the real problem here is Delonte's absence.Once he gets back we'll see the real Nate stand up.

  • jangles

    Why has Glen "BIg Baby" Davis been visiting West Hollywood so much?

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  • SO where is Nate now in the picture? Been a bit off the radar? Maybe next season?