Plus, his contributions aren’t limited to the defensive end.
Roberson’s shot remains broken. He’s 1-of-6 from deep this season and understandably doesn’t look confident when putting it up.
But as a slasher, he can be productive, as shown on Thursday night.
Twice, Roberson bolted for a surprise backdoor cut, finding himself open for an easy bucket off two gorgeous Westbrook passes.
“Dre does a great job of cutting,” Westbrook said, agreeing that the two have already developed a nice on-court relationship. “His basketball IQ is high. He does a great job of reading me and as long as he continues to do that, it’s going to be easy buckets for him.”
And, of course, his best skill might be rebounding. Roberson finished with eight points and seven boards in his 24 minutes, including a sneaky rebound putback in traffic. As Westbrook said, he has “an itch for the ball.”
“He’s good on the baseline,” Brooks said. “He’s really good on the baseline.”
And when he’s in the starting lineup, the Thunder has also been good.
Including Roberson’s four spot starts early in the year, OKC is now 5-0 with him on the floor at the tip.
Expect that unblemished mark to continue to be put to the test.