Brian Roberts is giving the New Orleans Pelicans plenty of indication that he’s going to be a huge impact for them from off the bench this season. Roberts gave indication after his first year with the Pelicans and NBA last season that he could be a bona fide professional player.
He saw action in 78 games and started five. His averages were 17.0 minutes, 2.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds a game as a point guard. He shot 41.7 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent on threes and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line.
His outside shooting remains a strength considering he is at 41.7 percent in his first 11 games this season with 37.5 percent from the three-point area. He’s averaging 5.9 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds a game, but those averages are expected to pick up. The Pelicans will look to get some solid defense from Roberts as the season progresses.
Roberts got his big chance with New Orleans the summer of 2012 when he played well for the team in the summer, got a training camp spot and played well enough to make the team. After playing for the University of Dayton, he didn’t have an NBA future, it appeared, and played overseas four seasons.
But his shooting ability, which has always been his strength, gave him a shot at the Pelicans. His passing skills have gotten better and the Pelicans are looking for him to get more assists.
The Pelicans are looking for Roberts to give them more depth from off the bench, similar to what he did last season. It would appear that they’ll get it.