For the first time since 2010, Nate Robinson is going to start the season with the team he ended the last one with.
Robinson was in Denver last year being his vintage self — playing hard, scoring 10 points a game, getting beat on defense and making sometimes great and sometimes odd choices — when he tore his ACL at the end of December, ending his season.
When that happened, it was always likely he would opt back in with the Nuggets (his open market value dropped), and he said as much. His agent has made it official, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.
Robinson likely will have backup point guard duties behind Ty Lawson, as he did last season.
Robinson’s injury was part of a wave of injuries that washed over the Nuggets last season — Danilo Gallinari, J.J. Hickson, JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler all missed significant time due to injuries.
It will be interesting to see what Brian Shaw can do with an actual roster of quality players. It’s still a challenge for them in a deep West, but last season the Nuggets never had a chance with so many players out.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.