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Thunder guard Andre Roberson not cleared for contact, 5-on-5 yet

Andre Roberson, Thunder

Defensive stalwart Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder is not yet cleared for contact or 5-on-5 drills just yet.

Per NBA.com, Roberson will be with the team once training camp begins. In fact, the 26-year-old has been shooting and doing some individual work. To recall, the Thunder swingman suffered a ruptured left patella tendon last season in a road game against the Detroit Pistons. He only played 39 games last year and logged in 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.15 steals per game.

In July, Roberson himself shared his updates with regard to his injury. He said that he’s past the stage where he was paralyzed in bed and couldn’t move. Per Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman:

“I got through the hard part,” Roberson said. “I’m up walking around, being mobile, which kind of eases me at times. I always look back at the times where I was just laying in bed and I keep telling myself I’ve come a long way, so there’s nothing to be frustrated about.”

Andre Roberson is considered to be one of the top defenders in the league today. In 2017, he was named into the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Statistics reveal that when he’s off the court, the Thunder’s defensive rating is at 107.6. When he’s on the court, his impact is immediately felt: the Thunder’s defensive rating is at 96.4.