When the Bulls signed Nate Robinson at the tail end of a horrible offseason, it seemed like the perfect cherry on top of a pile of crap. Little did I know that Nate would be one of the few enjoyable things throughout the season.
Robinson had one of the best years of his career, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 43.3 percent overall and 40.5 percent from three. His solid season earned him four third-place votes for the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year award, which was won by the Knicks' J.R. Smith.
Nate has been a roller coaster ride, with plenty of stupid and aggravating to go along with numerous highlights. But all those doses of Nate were really necessary for a Bulls offense that struggled for much of the year without Derrick Rose. Nate is really the only guy on this roster who can consistently get his own shot, and he saved the Bulls time and time again when the offense was in a rut. He also was a model of durability during a season where injuries ravaged the team.
Nate's antics have certainly been over the top at times, and he's a clown for doing stuff like this....
...but he was our clown for this season. With Rose coming back next year, I would love to have Nate back to be that spark off the bench for 10-15 minutes, but I have to imagine he'll parlay this strong season into a multi-year deal somewhere else.
So thank you, Nate Robinson, for providing plenty of memorable highlights during a trying season.