Video: Thunder’s Andre Roberson shows he’s finally healthy again with pair of clutch 3-pointers
Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Andre Roberson had not played an NBA game in over two years prior to his return to action at the NBA bubble in Orlando.
You could say Roberson is already making a splash.
The veteran came up big during OKC’s scrimmage against the Philadelphia 76ers, making a pair of late 3-pointers to ice the win for the Thunder:
Back to back threes from Andre Roberson to win the game.
Great to see him back on the floor 💪 pic.twitter.com/PEPXCuB8g3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 26, 2020
Roberson’s shooting woes have been of note for years now. The former first-round pick is a 25.7 percent career shooter from beyond the arc, and he always seemed like a questionable backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook when Brodie was still in OKC.
Bot Roberson has been praised for his commitment and professionalism. Thunder point guard Chris Paul spoke extremely highly of Roberson as a teammate earlier this month:
Chris Paul on Andre Roberson being back in practice: “It’s the best thing ever. When I talk about a guy being consummate teammate, for a guy to go through all the things he’s been through, I’m so happy for him. He’s had some of the toughest times people wouldn’t even know.”
— Erik Horne (@ErikkHorne) July 10, 2020
Moreover, the Thunder can rely more on Roberson’s skills as a rangy perimeter defender.
Oklahoma City has more lethal shooters in Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder, with both Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander filling it up from deep every now and then as well. They can hurt opposing teams in a variety of ways.
But Roberson makes the Thunder that much tougher defensively. Guys like Darius Bazley, Luguentz Dort and Nerlens Noel have all been interesting defensive playmakers. Now, Roberson figures to get some minutes as the Thunder add to their bench.
Of course, Roberson can open up the floor if he continues to shoot the 3-ball efficiently. Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander are at their best when they can get into the paint, so adding another floor-spacing option would provide even more opportunities for them while allowing Steven Adams to wreak havoc on the offensive glass.
If Roberson can actually prove he’s a threat from outside, that would make the Thunder that much more dangerous. OKC is 40-24 on the season.