Lakers Rumors: Targeting Nate Robinson Makes Sense for L.A.

According to Alex Kennedy of, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring point guard Nate Robinson. With the Lakers using the amnesty provision on Metta World Peace and becoming active on the open market, this comes with little surprise.

While some have criticized the potential for a deal being executed, signing Robinson would be a wise move for the Lakers.

Robinson is fresh off of a postseason in which he flirted with Michael Jordan's franchise record for points scored in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. He's also coming off of consecutive years of efficient play, entirely transforming his game.

That's a major reason why the Lakers are exploring their options and looking into signing him.

Why not?

Robinson remains one of the most polarizing players in the NBA, which makes this an issue without a consensus opinion. For all of his heroics, Robinson is still an undersized player that is known in most circles as an inefficient performer.

Perhaps it's time those circles caught up with reality.


Dispelling Reputation of Inefficiency

Everyone's favorite joke seems to be that Nate Robinson is the epitome of a streak shooter. He has no sense of shot selection, is as inconsistent as they come and simply will not help a team win games because of his hot-and-cold tendencies.

And then they see the numbers and stop responding to your inquiries.

During the 2012-13 regular season, Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in 25.4 minutes of action. He posted a player efficiency rating (PER) of 17.43, made 40.5 percent of his three-point field goals and posted the second-highest assist ratio of his career.

The previous high came just one year prior—that's what you call consistency.

In 2011-12, Robinson finished with averages of 11.2 points and 4...

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