Chris Douglas-Roberts is one of those players you rarely hear about but know the name from somewhere. He is one of those guys you might know the name from past basketball discussions put can’t put a face on who he actually is. Douglas-Roberts was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats on December 11 and has yet to see playing time in a Cats uniform. James Southerland was waived in the process.
Let’s take a look at Douglas-Roberts’ past NBA performances, what type of player he is, and what he will bring to the table for Charlotte during the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Where has Douglas-Roberts been in previous years of his career?
Douglas Roberts was selected with the 40th overall pick (played for the Memphis Tigers) in the 2008 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn), and since then he has shown great promise but at the same time dismay due to his often shifting of teams. You could get a sense he was going to be that guy skipping from team to team in the early goings of his career. By age 26 (last year) the shooting guard/forward had played for six franchises (that includes D-League, NBA, as well as international teams).
He played with the Nets from 2008-2010 and only saw significant play in his second season as he posted averages of 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 38 starts. In June of 2010 Douglas-Roberts was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for a second round pick. After only one quick year in Milwaukee (played in only 44 games and averaged 7.3 points) he signed with the Italian team Virtus Bologna.
After yet another quick one and done Douglas Roberts signed with the Dallas Mavericks where he then was a member of their D-League team the Texas Legends in 2012. After just playing six games with the Mavs last year he was recalled to the D-League and then released by the end of the season.
What type of player is Douglas-Roberts and what can the Cats expect from him?
Though Bobcats have yet to play him in a game this season we can sense what we will be seeing from Douglas-Roberts when the time comes to run the floor. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford has publicly stated that he feels the team can get “15 minutes out of him if needed.” “If needed” is the key tight there. Charlotte fans won’t be seeing him get any outrageous or over the top minute totals. Though he has seen starter minutes in the past the 26 year old guard/forward is a bench player.
In most cases he won’t be getting over 10 minutes in games unless Jeff Taylor‘s heel injury starts to act up. Douglas-Roberts is a hardworking player that wants to be great, he isn’t cocky, and he isn’t a guy that begs for people to notice him.
Not much attention has been payed to the 2008 draftee so far in his career, and he is on the hunt to make sure he can improve every day to make people notice him once again just like when he was a Memphis Tiger. I would guess at this moment big minutes wont be headed his way, but in some situations the chance will come for him to shine in the spotlight and prove he can stay on an NBA roster.
At times he can be a solid scoring option, and that seems to be what Charlotte will be looking for from him coming off the bench. As a week’s time has passed since Douglas-Roberts has signed the contract some are getting anxious to see what the five-year player can provide to this improving Bobcats team.