There were several media reports that surfaced on July 30, stating that Nate Robinson was close to joining the Chicago Bulls. Robinson's former head-coach, Mark Jackson, added to the speculation when he issued a short statement via Twitter that read "Congrats to @nate_robinson! The Bulls got a good one. It was a pleasure coaching you. Nothing but Love for you and yours! God Bless." The team made it official on July 31, announcing they had in fact signed the seven-year veteran, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. If you are one of many Bulls' fans who watched the team struggle with regards to the point-guard position against the Philadelphia 76ers, this is definitely an upgrade compared with what we had during the postseason.
So what will the Bulls get in acquiring the three-time slam-dunk champion? Well despite his small 5-foot-9 stature, Robinson has shown flashes of being a reliable scorer throughout his career. During the 2011-2012 season, he averaged just over 11 points and fours assists in 51 appearances for the Golden State Warriors. Robinson had his best season as a professional during the 2008-2009 campaign, in which he averaged over 17 points and 4.5 assists per contest for the New York Knicks. Being that Derrick Rose and Luol Deng will miss huge portions of next season, Robinson will provide the Bulls with some additional scoring punch.
I can admit to being critical about most of the moves the Bulls have made during the offseason, but I have to give the organization credit for signing Robinson. In addition to being another scoring option, Robinson will be an asset to the team because the Bulls need another experienced point-guard on the roster until Marquis Teague is able to contribute on a consistent basis. Secondly, like Kirk Hinrich, he can play both guard positions. This means not only will he be a solid backup for Hinrich, he can also fill in at shooting guard in the event Rip Hamilton has another injury-plagued season.
While Robinson does not shoot the ball at a high percentage (.425), he is capable of breaking down defenders and getting into the paint, which will create scoring opportunities for the other players on the floor. With that being said, there won't be much of a drop-off in production when he comes off the bench. All in all, this was a good pick up by the Bulls.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area who has been following the Bulls since the 1987-1988 season. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693