Grading Andre Roberson’s season:
Defense: A- – At his exit interview, Roberson recalled a rough start up in Toronto, when DeMar Derozen abused Roberson on his way to a big night. But that was really his only lackluster defensive performance. When Thabo Sefolosha was out, Roberson was inserted as the defensive stopper and he produced, slowing the likes of Kyle Korver, Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks. Disruptive on the perimeter and energized at all times, Roberson is already a plus-defender in this league.
Shooting: D – It’s tough to be a shooting guard in the NBA with no threat of a shot. Roberson is trying to develop one, hoisting it up when he’s left wide open, working on it after practice and vowing to reconstruct it over the summer. And he better. Using an awkward, herky-jerky motion, Roberson went 2-of-13 from three this season, airmailing a few, drilling the side of the backboard a couple times and looking hesitant to take others. His glaring flaw
Off-ball offense: B – Despite his shooting deficiencies, Roberson can be an effective offensive player, particularly if his defender isn’t keeping a watchful eye. Roberson is relentless on the offensive glass and a dynamite backdoor cutter. Russell Westbrook drilled him with a variety of on-point passes in their brief time together this season. Westbrook: “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.”
Starting stint: C – For really the first time since relocating to Oklahoma City, the Thunder experienced a trying regular season riddled with injuries. But the benefit was extra opportunities for the youngsters. And Andre Roberson certainly benefited, going from inactive to the starting lineup for 16 games with Thabo Sefolosha out. The Thunder was 12-4 during that stint and, while he didn’t star, Roberson played a part. He always stuck the opposing team’s best perimeter player and allowed the rest of the OKC rotation to stay intact.
Rebounding: A – Probably his best skill. And it really just seems to come naturally. Because he moves so swiftly, jumps so fluidly, attacks so relentlessly and has a constant nose for the ball, Roberson seems to be around every rebound. His 11.3 boards per 48 minutes this season were fourth on the Thunder, behind only Steven Adams, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. And he’s a shooting guard.