Nathaniel Cornelius " Nate " Robinson ( born May 31, 1984 in Seattle, WA ) is an American basketball player. He currently plays for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. In February 2006, he won the Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend with a point lead over Andre Iguodala. In 2009 he won the slam dunk contest again, and he jumped off a spectacular dunk over the 211 cm Dwight Howard. At All-Star Weekend 2010, he won, becoming the first player ever in the NBA, the slam dunk contest for the third time.
Nate Robinson played in his high school time for the Rainier Beach High School and the James Logan High School. He first played for James Logan High School, but then changed because the family of Union City in California moved back to his hometown of Seattle in Washington State. At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, he played basketball and football. Robinson led his basketball team to 28 wins and only one defeat, and in his senior season, he won with his team the AAA State Championship. He averaged 17.9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game as a senior in 2002 and was AAA Player of the Year in Washington. Nate made it one of the 100 finalists for the McDonald's High School All-American team.
He was also AAA Player of the Year in football, where he ran 1200 yards, 500 yards received and made 21 touchdowns. He was also SuperPrep All-American and was in 17th place of the best players. Robinson also holds the state record in the 110m hurdles run for Washington. He ran the distance in 13.85 seconds.
Robinson had a successful college; he led the Washington Huskies, the team of the University of Washington to two NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances, where they made it into his junior season to the last 16. Nate Robinson also played football for the Washington Huskies. His greatest moment came when the team was behind minutes left in the 4th quarter against local rivals Washington State Cougars, the team of Washington State University, with three points: Robinson intercepted a pass of the opposing quarterbacks Matt Cone, and his team transformed the possession into a field goal. His team won the game in triple overtime.
Nate Robinson is the first player in the NBA who has participated in the NBA Summer League four times. Since his rookie season in 2005 he played every year in the Summer League. He is also the first player of the Summer League, whose jersey number is no longer awarded in his honor. Since 2008, hangs in the Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is the No. 4 Nate Robinson on the ceiling. He also won the 2008 MVP Trophy of NBA Summer League.
Robinson was pulled in the 2005 Draft to 21 out of the Phoenix Suns, but straight on traded with Quentin Richardson for Kurt Tomas and draft rights ( 54th pick ). Nate Robinson graduated from 72 games, 26 of them from the beginning. Here he succeeded in section 9.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. His best game was at Madison Square Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers, when he made 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Three of them he made in the game-winning throw of his childhood hero Allen Iverson. At All-Star Weekend, he won the Slam Dunk Contest with 141 to 140 points from Andre Iguodala. It took him 14 attempts for his final dunk.
This season he was also involved in physical altercations between Jerome Jones and Malik Rose.
Robinson was involved in the so-called brawl between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. He beat with JR Smith and has been locked as a result of ten games. Robinson tried to defend his title in 2006 at the Slam Dunk Contest, but he was only second behind Gerald Green.
On 14 February 2009, he again took part in the Slam Dunk Contest. In the first round he made two dunks and finished with 87 points, second behind Dwight Howard. Before the final, he changed his clothes: he put on a green jersey, green shorts and green shoes, he also had a green ball He countered the Superman theme of Dwight Howard, because in the comic is the archenemy of Superman Kryptonite, which is green. From Kryptonite he made KRYPTONATE. He jumped over the 36 inches larger Dwight Howard and dunkte.
He fitted well into the rotation of new coach Mike D' Antoni. He liked the fast-paced game of the coach and he played his best season so far, averaging 17.2 points and 4.1 assists per game in an average of 30 minutes playing time. He became a fan favorite through his energetic and spectacular game in the season at Madison Square Garden.
In February 2010, he was traded along with Marcus Landry for Eddie House, Bill Walker and JR Giddens to the Boston Celtics. Robinson played in the season a total of 26 times for the Celtics and achieved an overall average of 6.5 points. He played average, although only 14.7 minutes, was in the playoffs but still very important for the Celtics. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he scored 13 points and was instrumental in the catchment in the Finals.
On 24 February 2011 Robinson was along with Kendrick Perkins in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the out of Seattle in 2008: had moved to Oklahoma City, transferred (formerly Seattle Supersonics ). Robinson, who is heavily embedded in the basketball community and his home city of Seattle, fell rapidly in the field of tension between the fan groups from Seattle and Oklahoma City. When he in 2011, fans of the Thunder called the " best fans on the planet" in the playoffs, he was induced to mitigate growing criticism by balancing statements. Shortly after the beginning of the season 2011/2012 he was dismissed from the Thunder and signed on January 4 at the Golden State Warriors. With the Warriors, he shared a place with Stephen Curry. He was taken on July 31, 2012 by the Chicago Bulls under contract.