Andre Roberson
Andre Roberson
28-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
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Injury Foot
Est. Return 8/10/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Roberson should be ready to go for opening tip after missing all of last season with a left kneecap injury and subsequent surgery. The last time he took the court, Roberson averaged 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 combined blocks/steals in 39 appearances in 2017-18. In three seasons prior, his numbers were fairly similar, with averages of 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 combined blocks/steals. Roberson boasts a career 48.1 field goal percentage but has no outside game to speak of, having shot just 27.0 percent from deep in his career. Roberson is a quality defender but offers little else in the way of fantasy production. Despite playing at least 26.6 minutes per night over his last two seasons, his offensive contributions have been negligible. He'll compete with Terrance Ferguson for the starting small forward job, but even if he sees significant minutes, Roberson isn't going to be fantasy relevant this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2017.
Personal Bio

Andre Lee Roberson was born in 1991 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is the son of Lisa and John Roberson and has six siblings. His father played college ball at New Mexico State. Roberson played high school basketball at Karen Wagner HS, which is outside of San Antonio. During his senior year, Roberson averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. While at the University of Colorado, Roberson majored in communication. Roberson is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. You can follow the defensive stalwart on both Twitter and Instagram (@flydre21).

College/International Summary

Roberson played three years of college ball at the University of Colorado. From 2010-2013, Roberson was the first player to lead the Buffaloes in rebounding, blocked shots and steals for three consecutive seasons. Roberson was also one of the country's top rebounders and was just 10 boards shy of becoming Colorado's all-time leading rebounder before he left early for the NBA. Nationally, Roberson finished third in the country in rebounding in 2011-12 and second in 2012-13. In both seasons, he led the Buffaloes to the NCAA Tournament. Roberson also led Colorado to a school record of three straight 20-win seasons. He was selected at No. 26 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves.

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GOklahoma City Thunder
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August 9, 2020
Roberson will not be available Sunday against Washington due to a sore foot, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.
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The absence is believed to be precautionary, but Roberson should be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's game against Phoenix on the second half of a back-to-back set.
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2019

Entering the break, Roberson has yet to take the court for the Thunder in the 2019-20 season. Beginning in December, the 28-year-old decided to leave the team in order to conduct his rehab for his surgically repaired left knee and the team has not given an update since. The swingman has not seen any competitive action since January 27, 2018.

2018

Andre Roberson missed all of the 2018-19 season due to a left knee injury, which he suffered on Jan. 27, 2018 during a game versus Detroit.

2017

One of the NBA's premier perimeter defenders, Roberson was limited to just 39 games IN 2017-18. A ruptured patella tendon suffered in late January ended Roberson's season. Roberson was playing well prior to the setback. His per 36-minute steal/block numbers (2.8) were exceptional, and he would have been tied for the 12th-best defensive box plus/minus (2.8) had he had enough appearances to qualify. Roberson started each of his 39 games. He posted three or more steals on five separate occasions and had just 15 appearances in which he failed to record a block. Offensively, Roberson shot a career-best 53.7 percent from the field. He has also averaged fewer than 1.0 turnovers per game in each of his first five NBA campaigns. Roberson's ability to guard multiple positions gives the University of Colorado product an exceedingly high floor moving forward.

2016

Roberson was moved to the small forward spot after Kevin Durant's departure and Victor Oladipo's arrival. He played 79 games, all as a starter, in the 2016-17 season. The forward averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.1 minutes. He shot 46.4 percent from the field in a career-high 5.9 attempts per night. On Oct. 28, Robertson logged a personal-best five steals against the Suns, a mark he would repeat on Jan. 13 against the Timberwolves. On Feb. 24, Roberson scored a career-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds in 29 minutes against the Lakers. He also converted eight of his nine field goal attempts that night -- another personal best. The Thunder finished with a 47-35 record and the Western Conference's sixth seed. They lost to the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round, and Roberson started all five. He had a great Game 1 performance with 18 points, eight boards and three blocks in 34 minutes. After the season, the 25-year-old was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

2015

Roberson started in each of his 79 appearances for the Thunder in the shooting guard spot next to Russell Westbrook. He averaged 4.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals over 22.2 minutes. The 24-year old shot 49.6 percent from the field and a career-high 31.1 percent from three-point range. On Dec. 23, Roberson logged 15 points (7-of-9 FG), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in a win over the Lakers. Between January and February, he missed 10 straight games with a right knee sprain. Roberson scored in double digits seven times while building a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders. The Thunder finished with a 55-27 record as the West's third seed. They defeated the Mavericks (4-1) and the Spurs (4-2) before falling to the Warriors (3-4) in Round 3. Roberson started all 18 contests, including a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in a Game 4 win over the Warriors. He averaged 5.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks in 26.2 minutes during the playoffs.

2014

Roberson was named the starting shooting guard for the Thunder before his sophomore season. He appeared in 67 games, 65 of which were starts. The 23-year old averaged 3.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 19.2 minutes while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He regularly split time with Anthony Morrow in the shooting-guard spot. On Nov. 11, Roberson dished a career-high five assists against the Nuggets. On Nov. 21, he registered four blocks against the Nets, setting a career high. Roberson grabbed a 12 rebounds -- another personal best -- to go with 10 points and three assists against the Warriors on Dec. 18. He also scored a season-high 12 points Feb. 9 against Denver. The guard missed eight straight games in November with a foot injury before missing another seven between late March and early April with an ankle issue. The Thunder did not qualify for postseason play despite finishing with a 45-38 record.

2013

Roberson was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves and later traded to Thunder the same night. He impressed during Summer League play and signed a rookie contract. Roberson played 40 games, starting 16 in the shooting guard spot. He averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.0 minutes, shooting 48.5 percent from the field. He also spent time with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League, appearing in 17 games. Roberson registered an impressive line for the Thunder's affiliate: 15.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks over 31.7 minutes -- including converting 51.6 percent of field goals. In the NBA, Roberson made his professional debut Nov. 1, grabbing five boards in nine minutes against Minnesota. His best performance was an eight-point, seven-rebound effort March 13 against the Lakers. The Thunder earned the Western Conference's second seed with a 59-23 record. They beat the Grizzlies (4-3) and the Clippers (4-2) before losing to the Spurs (2-4) in Round 3. Roberson made two appearances in the playoffs, logging two rebounds in Game 2 against San Antonio.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (26th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • July 14, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Due to a ruptured patellar tendon, Roberson appeared in just 39 games last season. The Colorado product, who has never averaged more than 6.6 points in his career, is known mostly for his defense. Prior to his injury, he was posting a combined 2.8 steals/blocks per 36 minutes and would have been tied for 12th-best defensive box plus/minus (2.8) had he qualified. Roberson is the definition of a better real life player than Fantasy asset, as his other peripheral stats in 2017-18 included 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, eight total threes and a career-high 53.7 percent shooting on 4.2 attempts per tilt. While he should be able to jump back into the Thunder’s rotation and hover around 30 minutes per night, there’s little reason to believe he'll make any sort of significant statistical leap. As a result, he can effectively be ignored in almost every Fantasy format.
Fresh off a three-year, $30 million contract signed in July, Roberson will be entering his fifth season in the league as the Thunder’s starting shooting guard. That comes with little surprise, since the 25-year-old is generally considered to be one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and started in 214 of 216 possible regular-season games for Oklahoma City over the past three seasons. Even though he averaged just over 30.0 minutes per game last year, Roberson has always struggled to score, amassing just 6.6 points per game. The Thunder have been waiting for Roberson to develop his shot -- having surpassed 30 percent from behind the arc and 62 percent from the free-throw line just once apiece in his career -- but with each passing season, it’s looking more and more clear that he’s simply a bad shooter with little hope of improving. However, he still provides above-average value with rebounds, steals and blocks considering his eligibility at shooting guard.
Roberson was moved into the starting lineup at shooting guard last season after Thabo Sefolosha left the team to sign with the Hawks. Roberson was, for all intents and purposes, a carbon copy of Sefolosha. Ex-coach Scott Brooks looked at Roberson and thought, "There's another guy who can't do anything on offense but is pretty good at defense, let's give him lots of minutes since KD and Russ are going to take all the shots anyway," or so it seemed. Roberson started 65 of the 67 games he played in last season, averaging 3.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 19 minutes per game. Those numbers don't jibe with fantasy production, and there are a few different things about this season's Thunder team compared to last season's. Dion Waiters was acquired by the team in the middle of the season, and Scott Brooks was fired, hopefully ending the absurdity that was his unbalanced rotations. It'll be interesting to see how new head coach Billy Donovan decides to use him. Roberson's biggest impact in fantasy thus far has been his ability to earn minutes in the rotation and thereby limit the fantasy value of other players. That might be his calling card again this season, but probably more likley is that the Thunder will end up putting him into a limited defensive role to put out better offensive lineups.
This will be Roberson's second year in the league. As a rookie, the 6-7 shooting guard split time between the Thunder and the D-League, playing in 40 NBA games while starting 16 times. Though he's proven to be a reliable defender and rebounder, Roberson still has a lot to improve on the offensive end, and it's highly unlikely he'll play enough minutes to warrant much fantasy consideration in 2014-15.
Roberson spent three productive years at Colorado before getting drafted in the first round by the Thunder. He is a terrific rebounder as a wing, but his lack of offensive skills will limit his production. Roberson will likely spend a large percentage of the season in the D-league.
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Plays 11 minutes off bench
GOklahoma City Thunder
July 25, 2020
Roberson saw 11 minutes of action in Friday's scrimmage against Boston.
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No restrictions for scrimmage
GOklahoma City Thunder
July 24, 2020
Roberson (knee) is available to play during Friday's scrimmage against the Celtics with no minutes limit, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.
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Does 'everything' at practice
GOklahoma City Thunder
Knee
July 10, 2020
Roberson (knee) went through "everything" during Friday's practice, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Going through individual workouts
GOklahoma City Thunder
Knee
July 1, 2020
Roberson (knee) has been going through individual workouts, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Aiming to play when season resumes
GOklahoma City Thunder
Knee
June 8, 2020
Roberson (knee) is expected to be ready to play when the NBA season resumes in July, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.
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