Benefit of healthy Andre Roberson to rebuilding OKC Thunder is invaluable

OKC Thunder, Andre Roberson (Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder guard Andre Roberson in street clothes (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With Andre Roberson set to return to the hardwood in training camp, let’s take a look at the true value he has for the OKC Thunder and as an NBA player.

When discussing the OKC Thunder as it pertains to this upcoming NBA season, one name seems to be left out of the conversation — Andre Roberson. Over the course of his career in Oklahoma City, he’s functioned as the team’s defensive stalwart. After a horrific injury and numerous setbacks, he is expected to return to training camp this September.

Before Roberson ruptured his patellar tendon vs the Pistons in January of 2018, he was on pace to be among the top candidates to claim Defensive Player of the Year and making a strong case to be considered the best perimeter defender in the NBA.

Having missed 125 regular season games and two consecutive postseasons Thunder fans wondered if he was ever going to return to an NBA floor again.

Will Roberson be the player he once was after returning from injury? What is his value to the Thunder and the rest of the league going into the 2019 season?

Let’s take a deep dive and see how Roberson affected the game while he was on the floor.