2013 NBA Draft: Andre Roberson Selected By Timberwolves, Traded To Thunder

With the 26th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Andre Roberson, but later traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-7

Position: Small Forward

School/Country: Colorado

About the Prospect: Roberson is an uber-athletic small forward who does an excellent job at hauling in rebounds and running in transition. Without Roberson, Colorado’s rebounding game would have been non-existent and the Buffaloes would have surely missed out on the 2012 National Tournament. Here is a player who can command the glass and especially on the defensive side of the ball — Roberson finished his second collegiate season as the No. 2 defensive rebounded in the country with a defensive rebounding percentage as a sophomore in 2011-12.

About His Impact on Team: The Thunder won big with this pick and I can’t help but commend the way that they approached the 2013 NBA Draft. A big man like Roberson is exactly what the doctor ordered as his presence on the rebounding front will bring the Thunder plenty of success. After nailing his junior season, it wasn’t a matter if Roberson was going to be taken, just a matter when. Kevin Durant will love having this rebounding menace on the squad considering OKC was beat on the glass on a nightly basis in 2013. Without a doubt, the Thunder won big on Thursday and can’t wait to try out their newest frontcourt pieces — don’t be surprised when Oklahoma City is atop the rebounding leaders in the NBA after a 2012 season where they were dominated in the statistic.