Andre Roberson surprised many by entering the 2013 NBA Draft after his junior season. At the University of Colorado, Roberson carved out a nice little niche for himself, averaging a double-double in each of the past two seasons. The problem with his game is that he wasn’t able to develop any sort of offensive repertoire during his time at Colorado. Most of his points came from offensive put-backs and dunks.
Still not entirely sure if his game will transfer to the pro level, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired the rights to Roberson on draft night after he was selected with the 26th overall pick. At 6-foot-7, Roberson is the quintessential “tweener.” He is an undersized power forward and does not possess the offensive skill set to be an NBA small forward.
If Roberson wants to make it in this league, he is going to have to do it through hustle. He needs to be aggressive on the glass and work hard for buckets in the paint. One guy he should try to model his game after is Reggie Evans, who is an undersized power forward at only 6-foot-8 and has zero offensive skills. But he has stayed in the league for 11 years because he flat out works harder than anyone else on the court. He averages 7.2 rebounds in only 19.6 minutes per game throughout the course of his career.
Roberson could be the same thing for the Thunder. Nick Collison is aging and Perry Jones hasn’t amounted to anything yet in the pros. Roberson has a chance to be that hustle player off the bench that provides second-chance opportunities for Kevin Durant and company. If you take Roberson for what he is, an athletic rebounder, he will provide enough for a team to stick around in this league for many years.