The steady contributions of Nate Robinson this season and the continued growth of rookie Charles Jenkins likely will leave the Warriors with a decision to make this offseason.

With Stephen Curry entrenched as the starting point guard, who will get the nod at backup?

It could be the electrifying fan favorite who boasts experience the Warriors will need off the bench. It could be the impressive rookie, whom coach Mark Jackson loves. Or, it could be someone the team brings in.

"We will seek input from our coaches and evaluate our team at the end of the season," Warriors assistant general manager Bob Myers said.

Robinson, signed on Jan. 4 has resurrected his career with the Warriors. The previous two seasons, he had gone from sixth man for New York (averaging 30 minutes per game with the Knicks in 2008-09 and 24 the next season) to afterthought for Oklahoma City (totaling 30 minutes in four appearances with Thunder).

But as a Warrior, Robinson showed he can still score, make plays and take over games. In 51 games with the Warriors, he's averaged 11.2 points in 23.4 minutes and is on pace for a career-high 4.5 assists.

But Robinson's return is far from certain. He is a free agent at season's end and likely won't make shy of $800,000 next season. The question is how much Robinson will command on the market and if the Warriors are willing to pay his price.


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"This would be a great place for me. But you never know what happens," Robinson said of staying with the Warriors. "So you've got to play it by ear. Can't be like, 'This is going to happen.' ... It never happens that way. So that's why you take it one day at a time and count your blessings."

The Warriors, however, could pass on Robinson because of fit. On a young, injury-plagued team, Robinson proved to be a good fit. He had the license to play his frenetic style.

But with a more traditional roster next season, and with uncertainty surrounding Curry's ankle, Golden State may desire a more traditional point guard. That could have them leaning toward Jenkins.

One thing the rookie has shown is that he can be a floor general or an attacking guard.

But is he ready to be the undisputed No. 2? If Curry happens to go down, can Jenkins be the starting point guard on a team looking to reach the playoffs? According to one team source, he's earned a chance to be that guy.

"I'll be able to answer those questions in training camp," the rookie said. "You're going to see a drastic change in Charles Jenkins. I've played a year in the NBA. I've got a chance to learn. I know what to expect every night, how to play and how to win."

Golden State, to be sure, has other options. If Robinson costs too much or signs elsewhere, and the Warriors aren't quite comfortable giving Jenkins that much responsibility yet, the free-agent market will feature several options.

Veteran point guards such as Kirk Hinrich, Andre Miller and John Lucas top the list of unrestricted free agents. Others, such as guards Jamal Crawford and C.J. Watson, could be available depending how their options play out. And there may be some sleepers out there, too, such as Indiana's A.J. Price.