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Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson hoping to pair an outside shot with dynamic defensive skill

A productive stint in the starting lineup also gave Roberson the platform to showcase his biggest weakness. Andre Roberson is an NBA shooting guard without a shot.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 20, 2014

And Roberson knows it.

“Gotta put the time in, put the reps up,” he said of his summer plans. “Been changing my shot since I got here. So it’s been a little transition.”

Upon arrival, it became clear that Roberson’s ineffective herky-jerky motion needed reconstruction. It had a Shawn Marion look without the positive results.

So the Thunder staff went to work retooling it.

“Keeping my off hand off the ball, as far as my thumb kind of gets in there a little bit,” Roberson said. “And just getting it more straight. Everybody has their own shot… It’s going to help me in the long run. I’m willing to put in the time and trust them what they’re doing.”

In many ways, it’s a reverse case from the norm as this team heads into summer. Most of the Thunder’s guards – Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook – must focus on defensive improvements to pair with dynamic offensive games.

Roberson is the other way around, hoping to build enough of an outside shot to get him on the court consistently enough to allow his other skills to shine through.

“He’s great in transition because he’s one of our greatest athletes,” Presti said. “He shoots a high percentage because he understands where to get his shots from. His improvement this year has been excellent, and he’s a dynamic player on the (defensive) end of the floor.

“But I think if we look at him and isolate him in one skill,” Presti continued, alluding to his shooting. “We’re not really looking at his greatest strengths and how we’re going to use those.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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