A little bit short

Editor's note: This story appears in the March 23 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Most NBA talent evaluators have always thought of Nate Robinson as a specialist. His 5-foot-9 frame, shooting guard mentality and outgoing, over-the-top personality (and hops) scream two things: "25 minutes a night" and "off the bench." But suddenly, Robinson has become much more than an energetic role player for the Knicks. After scoring 15.4 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting through the first four months of the season, he put up 30 or more five times in February and a team-high 23.9 ppg. Will that force the league's suits and scouts to reevaluate the ceiling for the two-time dunk champ? Not really.