Former NBA player Nate Robinson took the league by storm during his career with his leaping abilities. Standing 5-foot-9, he impressed many people with his dunks. Now Robinson is looking to impress people in the boxing ring.
Robinson will fight Jake Paul in the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard. The former slam dunk champion knows something about throwing punches.
A look at Nate Robinson’s basketball career
Robinson was a talented basketball and football athlete. He originally went to the University of Washington on a football scholarship but decided to focus on basketball his sophomore year. During his freshman year on the basketball team, he was named to the CollegeInsider.com’s 20-player national All-Freshman Team, and he earned All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors. He led the team in scoring his freshman season averaging 13 points per game. Robinson enjoyed a successful career at Washington. During his junior year, he was named to the NABC All-America third team, Pac-10 All-Tournament team, and All-Pac-10 first team.
He decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2005 NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns selected Robinson with the 21st overall pick in the draft, and he was traded to the New York Knicks on draft night. Robinson won the 2006 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest his rookie season, beating Andre Iguodala in a close battle. After his performance in the dunk contest, people started to follow Robinson. Robinson averaged 9.3 points per game as a rookie playing for the Knicks. One of his best seasons came during the 2008-09 season, where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. That season he won the dunk contest for the second time in his career and won it the following year.
Robinson was a fan favorite in New York, and he’s the first player in NBA history to win the dunk contest three times. After his time in New York, he was traded to the Boston Celtics. Robinson was a player who provided that spark coming off the bench. He always played with a lot of energy and never backed away from a challenge. Throughout his NBA career, he played for a total of eight different teams. He finished his NBA career averaging 11 points, three assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Nate Robinson continued to play basketball after his NBA career
Robinson’s last season in the NBA was in 2016 when he only played in two games for the New Orleans Pelicans. But the guard did not give up on basketball just yet. He spent three years playing overseas for three different teams. During that time, he also spent some time in the NBA Development League playing for the Delaware 87ers. Robinson played in Israel, Venezuela, and Lebanon.
After playing overseas, Robinson returned to the U.S. and played in the Big3 League. Robinson loved the game too much to walk away from it, and he’s going to keep playing until he does not have anything left in the tank.
Nate Robinson already knows how to throw some punches, and he did it to JR Smith during his NBA career
The world will get to see Robinson showcase his boxing skills and Jake Paul. During his time in the NBA, Robinson got into a few scuffles in some games. One game, in particular, caused him to throw a few punches at JR Smith. When Robinson was playing for the Knicks, they were playing the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. There was a play where Robinson and Smith got into, and teammates had to break them up.
Smith had the basketball on a fast break when he was fouled hard by a player from the Knicks. When the foul happened, Smith did not like it and got into the face of the player. But Robinson stepped in to defend his teammate, and that’s when he and Smith got a little too close, and a brief scuffle broke out between the two. They both went to the ground as Robinson and Smith threw a couple of punches before they were split up. Even though Robinson is not the tallest guy, he knows how to defend himself and will not back down from anyone. This fight between Robinson and Paul should be very interesting.