Mar 22, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Colorado Buffaloes forward Andre Roberson (21) drives up court against Illinois Fighting Illini forward/center Nnanna Egwu (32) and guard D.J. Richardson (1) during the second half of the second round in the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Frank Erwin Center. Illinois won 57-49. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: OKC Thunder trade for 26th pick, draft Andre Roberson

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally made a trade, it just didn’t come as early as we thought.

The Golden State Warriors bought the 26th overall pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Warriors traded the pick to the Thunder for the 29th overall pick.

 

With the 26th pick, the Thunder decided to draft Andre Roberson from Colorado. Roberson averaged 10.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in his junior season with Colorado last year.

Roberson is 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds. He only shot 48.0 percent from the field last year at Colorado but obviously was an elite rebounder, which is a skill that tends to translate better than most to the NBA.

Roberson is not big enough to be a power forward in the NBA and if he is going to make it in the NBA, it will be as a great defender and hustle guy. He didn’t shoot the three much in college either attempting less than two per game and making 32.8 percent last season.

At this point in the draft, the Thunder are probably not going to get anyone that will be playing in the NBA next season. Whoever else they draft tonight should end up in the D-League for the Tulsa 66ers more than anywhere else.

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