Nate Robinson's season may be over, but his time in Denver appears to be just beginning. Robinson's season ended in January when he tore his ACL against the Charlotte Bobcats. That won't stop Robinson from returning, however, as he stated that he will exercise his player option for next season. This is big for the Nuggets; after the Andre Miller nightmare, they will need a point guard as productive as Robinson for next season.
Robinson came to Denver after the best season of his career with the Chicago Bulls, where he averaged 13.1 points per game and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 40.5% from three point range. He also had a 17.4 PER and was worth an above average .136 WS/48, where he had taken over the starting point guard duties for the injured Derrick Rose. Robinson was expected to carry the load for the bench unit, and he did just that under new coach Brian Shaw; Robinson averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 37.7% from long range, largely coming off of the bench this year, having only started in one game of the 44 he participated in.
Robinson will be important to the rebuilding Nuggets, as Ty Lawson, as good as he is, will need a solid back up to give him a breather. The Nuggets will also be anticipating the return of small forward Danilo Gallinari, who is also trying to come back from an ACL tear.
Robinson hopes to bounce back and get through this potentially devastating injury. Per Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post:
"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play."
Robinson will be earning 2.1 million if he chooses to stay with Denver, which is a steal considering his production.