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Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.
by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: June 20, 2014

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson:

1. Andre Roberson's first NBA season was ___________.

Darnell Mayberry (beat writer): Unexpected. He went from a relative unknown, to a first-round draft pick, to a starter for a championship level team. He got rare experience that will help him going forward.

Anthony Slater (beat writer): About what I expected. We heard how great a rebounder he was. He showed it. We heard about his relentless energy and disruptive perimeter defense. We saw it. We heard about his awkward shot and inability to hit a three. We definitely saw it. Overall, a solid first season for Roberson when given the chance. He has his strengths. Now it's about shoring up his weaknesses.

Berry Tramel (columnist): Better than expected. I mean, Roberson made 16 starts in Thabo Sefolosha's absence and had just 22 fewer offensive rebounds than Kevin Durant in 2,723 fewer minutes. No one could have expected Roberson to dent the rotation, even in the case of injury.

2. What kind of role do you expect for him next season?

Mayberry: Spot minutes. Or starter. Who knows? If the Thunder doesn't go get a proven player to starting at shooting guard, my guess is Roberson starts over Lamb. But if OKC upgrades at shooting guard via the draft, trade or free agency, then I see Roberson playing in Tulsa a lot and being summoned only in the event injuries set in.

Slater: Depends on his development and who the Thunder bring in this offseason, but I think it'll be expanded some. There's even a small chance, with Thabo Sefolosha expected to be gone, that Roberson starts. Scott Brooks likes defensive-minded players surrounding his stars at tip-off. But his future in the league as a rotation player depends on that shot. It's gotta at least get to the point where teams aren't completely backing off, begging him to take it.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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