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Oklahoma City Thunder Smartly Trade Up For Andre Roberson in 2013 NBA Draft

The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to get back into the NBA Finals picture in 2013-14 and after their most recent pick of Andre Roberson from Colorado, the team added some much-needed depth.

Although he’s a bit of a stretch at the No. 26 pick, the Thunder got themselves an athletically gifted small forward that can both score and rebound. His scoring might need a bit of work, but with a little training and learning from guys like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, his skills will surely flourish.

He won’t be a go-to guy by any means, but his double-double average in his two seasons as a Colorado Buffalo, he has the talent to improve and more skills than many think.

This pick comes as a bit of a surprise because the Thunder originally had the No. 29 pick in the draft before a trade from the Golden State Warriors for the No. 26 pick and then they traded back to the No. 29 overall pick, giving Oklahoma City the rights to Roberson.

Colorado flourished with the improvement of many players and the solid play of Roberson throughout his career at the school helped make the future look bright for the Buffs.

As a solid defender, terrific rebounder, crazy athlete and extreme hustler, Roberson could be that energy guy off the bench for Oklahoma City. Every team needs that guy who can come off the bench and provide a spark when needed and the athletic forward will likely be exactly that for years to come.

Solid pick by the Thunder, I mean Minnesota Timberwolves, I mean Warriors. No, I mean the Thunder.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.