How to get a job in the NBA without being an elite athlete

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What does it take to get the most out of your NBA career? 

The job market for NBA players is a lot like the job market of many other athletes. 

While it’s easy to jump into the NBA and find success on the court, there are some challenges and risks to being an athlete. 

“For a player to get into the league, there’s a lot of different things that need to happen. 

The first thing is that you have to be able to put up a high number of points, and a lot more so than a guy who is playing in the college game,” former NBA player Nate Robinson told Bleacher Report. 

Robinson is a highly touted prospect from Florida. 

His college career included three years at Duke, and Robinson says his time in Durham has helped him to gain the necessary tools to get in the league. 

In this video from The Vertical, Robinson discusses what he learned from playing at Duke and what he’s learned from going to Duke. 

It is a bit of a journey for Robinson, who is coming off an ACL injury that kept him out of all of the 2014-15 season. 

He missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp and the following summer he tore his ACL again and missed all but a handful of games last season.

“You’re constantly in a fight for every single shot you get, and you want to be playing,” Robinson said. 

Despite those setbacks, Robinson says he has grown a lot. 

For one, he has developed a better understanding of how to get by in the world of pro basketball.

“In college, I was a guy that just wanted to win, and now that I’m older and I have a better appreciation for my body and the way it responds, I’ve been able to realize that I have to have some more toughness to play the game the right way, and I think that helps me out in every aspect of the game,” Robinson explained. 

After making his college debut in the summer of 2013, Robinson was named the ACC Player of the Year after averaging a career-high 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils. 

With the help of his father, Robinson has been able for the past few years to focus on his personal development and make a name for himself. 

That work paid off for Robinson when he was named to the ACC All-Defensive Second Team. 

There were times in the 2015-16 season when Robinson was sidelined with a broken left leg. 

Although he did not play a game due to the injury, Robinson played in 14 games for the ACC and averaged 10.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. 

While he did miss some time last season due to a hip injury, the 21-year-old has made a solid recovery and is ready to play for Team USA this summer. 

As for the challenge that comes with being an NBA player, Robinson believes that it’s something that all athletes must deal with.

“For me, it’s been pretty fun.

I’m excited to be here, to be working with these guys and I’m happy to be in the game I love,” Robinson told Bleacher Report in a recent interview. 

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