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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

Tramel: I think Roberson is headed for much the same season as before. I doubt he's in the top 8-9 of the Thunder rotation. Will he be a fill-in for injuries? Sure. But until Roberson's outside shooting improves, it's doubtful he can be counted on for extended minutes.

3. Will he ever be as effective an NBA player as Thabo Sefolosha used to be?

Mayberry: Yes. Even if Roberson never becomes a great shooter, his defense, rebounding and nose for the ball make him an impact player. If he concentrates on those things and develops them to the point where he can supply them consistently, he'll be a fantastic role player.

Slater: As effective as Thabo was last season? Yes. As effective as Thabo used to be? Ehh, that’s likely Roberson's ceiling. In different ways, they both affect the game on the perimeter defensively. Sefolosha more with length and smarts, Roberson more with quickness and tenacity. Roberson's ceiling is as a defensive stopper. He just has to get more polished on the offensive end.

Tramel: I will say yes. For this reason. Roberson has a distinct talent that is extraordinary. His rebounding is world class. So if his defense improves, he'll have a job. If his offense comes along to any degree, he'll have job security.

by Berry Tramel
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'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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