The Charlotte Hornets are in need of a back up point guard this offseason. After trading away Ramon Sessions at the trade deadline, the Hornets used Luke Ridnour as the back up to Kemba Walker. With Ridnour now a free agent after a lackluster stint, the Hornets will be in store for a new reserve point man. The Hornets have recently been linked to guard Brian Roberts as their ideal player for this spot but a Roberts signing would be selling the team short.
Brian Roberts enjoyed a decent season for the New Orleans Pelicans last year. Roberts started 42 of the 72 games he played and averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 assists.
Roberts did an okay job as a back up for the struggling Pelicans but was overused as a starter. He is mostly a shooter, shooting 36 percent from behind the three-point line while draining 94 percent of his free throws.
For a Hornets team that will need an extra facilitator with Josh McRoberts gone, Roberts isn’t the answer at the back up point guard spot. The Hornets need a ball handler who can come in and play with Walker and take some of the pressure off of him. Walker works well when he can be in attack mode and score, but a bigger guard will be needed to pair with him on defense.
Roberts isn’t much of a passer and his 6-foot-1 frame makes defense tough for him. Playing him with Walker would be very hard to do and he wouldn’t serve for much else in the second unit than a shooter. Roberts has the feel of a third-string point guard more than a back up point guard.
Roberts essentially plays the same game as the Hornets third string point guard last year, Jannero Pargo. Pargo is more of an aggressive player and will probably be cheaper. Roberts could be a good pick up for the Hornets but not as the back up point guard. The team can do better than that.