Andre Roberson season review: The defensive master

Andre Roberson, OKC Thunder (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 9: Andre Roberson #21 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Denver Nuggets on November 9, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 9: Andre Roberson #21 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Denver Nuggets on November 9, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young NBAE via Getty Images) /

Surprisingly Efficient Shooting

Andre’s offense will likely never match the level of his defense. Yet, it has improved to the point where in the near future he may be referred to as a two-way player. His three-point and foul shooting are sub-par however, he is elite offensively in one area two-point shooting.

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Among 343 players to shoot 100 or more two-point shots only 23 players shot 60 percent or better. That is six percent, Roberson is among that rare six percent of players to convert on their 60 percent of their two-point attempts.

Roberson’s career-high 62.7 two-point percentage ranked 13th in the NBA. If Roberson is able to maintain the high percentage while adding some offensive versatility it could take his game to another level.

*Minimum 100 two-point attempts

Offensively, Roberson attempted his fewest perimeter shots since his rookie season. ARob boasted a career high defensive rating. Marrying the two ends of the floor (when healthy), Roberson was highly effective.

Final grade A-

It’s hard to rationalize a higher grade for Andre Roberson when he played in just 39 games. In spite of this, there is no discounting his affect on the OKC Thunder. When on the hardwood, Roberson’s impact was dramatic. Once Andre Roberson suffered his season ending injury his absence was palpable with the team regressing defensively.

Moving forward, the goal is to get healthy and to add offensive versatility.

Regardless of his offensive skillset, there is no argument, Andre Roberson is the OKC Thunder’s top defender and his presence clearly dictates where the team rank on that end of the floor. That quality alone makes him a cost effective asset within the future core of the squad.

All stats for this post were provided by NBA.com/Stats and ESPN Statistics