Isaiah Roby

Isaiah Roby

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Oklahoma City Blue  G League  
Oklahoma City Blue
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 45th overall pick in 2019, Roby spent most of his rookie season in the G League, where he put up modest numbers. So, it was a surprise last season when he started 34 of his 61 appearances for the Thunder. The second-year big averaged 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 combined steals-plus-blocks in 23.4 minutes, leading to a per-game fantasy rank of 181. There's nothing to point to that Roby excels at, though his defensive numbers were solid. Still, it's not clear what Roby's pathway to a legitimate starting role is aside from potentially becoming a better three-point shooter -- he went 32-for-109 (29.4%) last season. That said, he doesn't exactly have real competition in the frontcourt. Derrick Favors is on the roster, but how much will he really play with OKC in a rebuild? Mike Muscala is also not an everyday player for OKC, and Darius Bazley is presumably in the other starting frontcourt spot. Fantasy managers in deep leagues can take a gamble on Roby, but should not expect anything to come from it. Given how the Thunder have operated in the past, it wouldn't be surprising for them to be already searching for Roby's replacement so the organization doesn't have to even consider paying the 23-year-old when his contract is up. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.8 million contract with the Mavericks in August of 2019. Traded to the Thunder in January of 2020. Contract includes $1.93 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Isaiah Roby was born in Dixon, Illinois, to Danielle and Roderick Roby. He has four brothers: Donovan, Ellis, Drew and Kordae. Roby attended and played basketball at Dixon High School, finishing his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,328 points while setting school records in rebounds (939) and blocked shots (327). Prior to his first season on the varsity team, the school finished with a 1-28 record. That changed quickly when Roby came aboard as Dixon went 76-13 over his final three seasons on the team. As a junior, Roby averaged 12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. His strong play was rewarded with second-team all-state Class 3A honors. In his senior season, Roby upped his per-game averages to 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.9 blocks. He finished eighth in Illinois Mr. Basketball voting and was named second-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times. Roby was also a high jumper at Dixon, placing fourth in the high jump in the Illinois Class 2A meet in 2016. During his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks, he joined other staffers in helping to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Roby is also active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Learn more about Roby by following him on Twitter (@roby_isaiah) and on Instagram (@iroby245). Roby spent three years at Nebraska and did not participate in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska could have been a bubble team in his sophomore season with 22 wins, but the team still did not qualify for March Madness. Roby's debut with the team in 2016-17 was delayed by a pelvic stress reaction. He still played in 30 games and averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played more significant minutes as a sophomore and averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 13 starts. He opened the season with a double-double and a string of three straight double-doubles in February. As a junior, Roby started all 35 games and provided an average of 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. He scored a career-high 28 points in an NIT win over Butler. After the season, he declared for the 2019 draft and was selected at No. 45 overall by the Pistons.

Near double-double in win
FOklahoma City Blue   G League (Thunder)
January 20, 2022
Roby posted 16 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds and three blocks across 22 minutes in Wednesday's 113-103 victory over the Texas Legends.
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Roby shot efficiently, was a force on the glass and excelled defensively Wednesday against Texas, three things he has done consistently with the Blue this season. He's averaging 15.6 points per game from 56.9 percent shooting from the field, and he also has 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in his five G League appearances so far.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Selected with the 45th overall pick in the 2019 Draft, Roby will head to Dallas for his rookie campaign. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior out of Nebraska averaged 11.8 points on 9.3 shots, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes last season. Arguably his best in-conference performance occurred during a regular-season win over Penn State, where Roby racked up 22 points on nine shots, 11 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist. Roby continued to show off his defensive versatility during five summer league appearances, averaging 8.8 points on 8.4 shots, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in 27.6 minutes. His best pathway to minutes on the Mavericks as a rookie is a possible backup power forward, but it seems unlikely he'll see consistent minutes unless there is a significant frontcourt injury -- maybe multiple.
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Leads G League squad in scoring
FOklahoma City Blue   G League (Thunder)
January 18, 2022
Roby (COVID-19 protocols) tallied 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 29 minutes for the G League's Oklahoma City Blue in Monday's 117-94 loss to the Texas Legends.
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Back to G League
FOklahoma City Blue   G League (Thunder)
January 16, 2022
Roby was assigned to the G League's Oklahoma City Blue on Sunday, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Available Saturday
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 15, 2022
Roby (COVID-19 protocols) is available for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers.
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Still unavailable Saturday
FOklahoma City Thunder
Covid-19
January 15, 2022
Roby (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Cleveland, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.
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Missing another game Tuesday
FOklahoma City Thunder
Covid-19
January 11, 2022
Roby (COVID-19 protocols) will not play Tuesday against the Wizards.
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