What former New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson lacked in size, he more than made up for in dunking.
A diminutive point guard at a generous 5 feet 9 inches, Robinson impressed teammates and fans alike for nearly a decade with his high-profile dunks. Robinson won three Slam Dunk contests, all in his five seasons with the New York Knicks, and left a favorable legacy in professional basketball.
Over five years after his last NBA game, the 36-year-old Robinson is taking his talents from the court to the ring.
Nate Robinson had a lengthy NBA career
Although Phoenix used the 21st overall pick on Nate Robinson in 2005, he never played a single second for the Suns.
Phoenix traded Robinson and Quentin Richardson in a draft-night trade to the New York Knicks. Robinson immediately contributed 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, two assists, and nearly one block per night across 72 games and 26 starts.
For the rest of his career, Robinson almost exclusively played the sixth man role. From 2007-09, Robinson averaged 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and a steal per night in 210 games, only starting 33.
Robinson won three NBA Slam Dunk Contests in his five seasons with the Knicks. However, New York traded Robinson to Boston midway through the 2009-10 season, where he backed up Rajon Rondo on a Celtics team that lost to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Robinson never played more than one full season with another team for the rest of his career. Boston traded him to Oklahoma City midway through the next season.
Robinson is now a professional boxer
After playing his first five-plus seasons in New York, Nate Robinson played for seven teams between February 2010 to October 2015.
Robinson left the league having averaged 11 points, 2.3 rebounds, and three assists per night in 11 seasons. According to Basketball-Reference, Robinson earned $24.7 million in the NBA.
Although Robinson played overseas, in the D League, and the BIG3, he never made it back to the NBA. At age 36, Robinson’s NBA days may officially be over.
Robinson is pursuing a much different sports career right now. The former first-round pick is now trying to become a professional boxer.
Boxing isn’t the first sport Robinson pursued after he left the NBA. Robinson tried out for his hometown Seattle Seahawks in 2016, but he didn’t receive a contract offer.
Nate Robinson is about to face YouTube star Jake Paul
Over five years after his last NBA game, Nate Robinson is back in the sporting news again.
Robinson is scheduled to face Jake Paul, a YouTube star, on November 28. Robinson and Paul are part of the undercard for the exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
The event was initially scheduled for September 12, but the event was pushed back to November 28 for financial reasons.
Paul, 23, won his lone boxing match against AnEsonGib — another YouTuber — on January 30 in Miami. Paul won the fight via TKO in the first round.
The bout will take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.