OKC Thunder fan favorite resuming basketball career overseas

One of the best defenders in Oklahoma City Thunder history, Andre Roberson, is heading overseas to resume his basketball career.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Andre Roberson with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Colorado wing was able to burst onto the scene fairly quickly, thanks to his high-level defensive impact.

After playing 40 games as a rookie, Roberson would soon after become a fixture of the Thunder rotation when healthy. This culminated in the wing being named to the first-team All-defensive squad in the 2016-17 season, where he posted a jaw-dropping 2.2 STOCKs per game while being one of the best isolation defenders in the association.

While Andre Roberson struggled mightly scoring the ball, becoming an offensive liability at times due to his poor three-point shooting, allowing defenses to, at times, just flat-out ignore Roberson and gear up to stop the superstars flanking him.

Ultimately, Roberson's career was derailed in 2017-18 when he suffered a gruesome knee injury that ended his season and altered the OKC Thunder season.

Roberson missed the entire 2018-19 NBA season and has since played in just 12 NBA games split between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder (7 games) and Brooklyn Nets (5 games).

After the Colorado product's ten-day deal with the Brooklyn Nets expired back in 2021, Roberson was on the shelves for a while before rekindling an old relationship with his former franchise.

Around this time last year, Andre Roberson began practices with the OKC Blue. An off the books, just a veteran helping young NBA G League players situation.

As the time paced and Roberson ramped up, he eventually signed with the OKC Blue, the OKC Thunder's G League affiliate, to play in 14 NBA G League games for Kameron Woods' squad.

This was part of an NBA comeback attempt for the defensive ace, who did not return to the Blue this season. However, the former defensive star announced on the Courtside Club Podcast that he would be making a return to professional basketball.

Andre Roberson is joining a team in Dubai playing for the Philippines in an invitational to play professional basketball and "bring it full circle," he said while mentioning he wanted to give it "one last shot before I hang up the shoes...I just wanted to walk away and be satisfied."

Last season for the OKC Blue, Andre Roberson averaged five points, five rebounds, and two stocks per game while turning in shooting splits of 53/18/50.

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