TI Case Confirmed: Lethal Shooter is working with Andre Roberson

Andre Roberson, OKC Thunder (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Andre Roberson, OKC Thunder (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

In a move predicted here on Thunderous Intentions, Lethal Shooter, Chris Matthews, has confirmed via his Instagram that he is working with OKC Thunder’s Andre Roberson.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The shooting coach Chris Matthews, aka Lethal Shooter, has confirmed that he is, indeed, attempting to heal the malady that is Andre Roberson’s shooting.

While we were already celebrating inwardly here at Thunderous Intentions, now we can take our celebrations to the street.

Now, with this knowledge firmly in hand, we can move on to hopes and dreams. In an ideal world, Dre would shoot 40 percent from three, 85 percent from the line, and heal with the speed of Wolverine. But even in our dreams, let’s try to be reasonable.

As Thunder fans, we have bigger things to worry about if we’re wishing for our ideal world.

Instead, let’s hope Mr. Shooter is focusing his efforts on attainable goals. For instance, Roberson’s value as a defender is severely limited in certain circumstances, those being when the offense is clicking and the opponent gets scared and sending Dre to the free throw line starts to look like an appetizing choice on their limited menu.

"If he could even improve his free throw percentage to ~55 percent, the threshold for being a hacking candidate, that would be a huge win for the OKC Thunder."

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The number one offense in the NBA last year was (of course) the Golden State Warriors, with an Offensive Rating of 112.3.

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If Dre could get his free throw average up to even a paltry 56.2 percent, that would make a trip to the line for him more valuable than an offense with four All-Stars. The OKC Thunder’s Offensive Rating, for a more important comparison,

was 107.6 (10th in the NBA).

The real calculation an opponent would be doing when deciding whether or not to hack would be against OKC’s number. To match that, Roberson would only need to reach 53.8 percent.

Although Roberson shot only 31.6 percent last year— wait, 31.6? Seriously? Let me double-check that. Yep, 31.6. Wow.— he has shown the ability to be adequate in the past. In the 2016 season, on reasonable attempts and minutes, he managed 61.1 percent. We’d take that in a heart beat.

Andre Roberson’s free throw woes seem to stem mostly from confidence issues, something everyone is aware of, including Billy Donovan.

There’s no way for us to know exactly what Lethal Shooter will be working with Roberson on, specifically. But we do know he’s working with him. We do know that, if he can help Dre find some confidence in his stroke, he will help this team immensely.

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From there, who knows into what other areas his confidence could grow?