Birthplace: Seattle, WA
NBA Seasons: 11
Entering his third BIG3 season, Nate Robinson becomes Tri State’s captain after serving as co-captain in 2019. The 5’9” guard was a consistent contributor during his first two campaigns and emerged as a long-range threat, leading his team in 4-point field goals made in both 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, Robinson came up big during a Week 8 clash against Power, a team that had defeated Tri State earlier in the season, and in the 2018 semifinals. Robinson led Tri State with 20 points, 12 of which came from behind the three-point arc, to spark an upset victory.
In 2018, Robinson’s first season with the BIG3, he electrified the crowd with a game winning shot and produced averages of 10.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Robinson spent 11 seasons in the NBA playing for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets. He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The athletic guard is known for his high-flying abilities and is the NBA’s only three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion.
Robinson had his best season in the NBA with the 2008-09 Knicks, averaging 17.2 points per game. In 618 career games, he averaged 11.0 ppg. In 2017, Robinson played for Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan League, where he led his team to the championship and was named MVP of the Grand Finals.
A Seattle native, Robinson played collegiately for the University of Washington. He actually started every game as a freshman for the football team, playing cornerback for the Huskies, before earning Pac-10 all-freshman honors in basketball. Concentrating on basketball after that, he earned all-conference honors as a junior when he helped the Huskies reach the Sweet Sixteen.
Robinson, who is an avid car collector, wrote a book in 2014 titled “Heart Over Height.”