After Sam Presti brilliantly traded for Paul George, the Oklahoma Thunder managed to just get better. Sam Presti continued to go on a spree soon signing Patrick Patterson, a forward who used to play with the Toronto Raptors, and then soon after, he re-signed Andre Roberson, who’s a terrific defender but a major liability on the offensive side of the court.
Patrick Paterson is a 30-year-old forward who signed with the Thunder on a 3-year, $16-million. He can provide OKC with the ability to stretch the floor while also being able to pull down on the boards. He’s a above average defender, and this past season we saw him averaging just 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He also managed to shoot a 37% 3PT so he’s somewhat consistent beyond the three-point line. With the disappearance of Taj Gibson to the Minnesota Timberwolves, expect Patrick to potentially start. Overall though, he’s a great player for the price OKC managed to get him for.
Andre Roberson is a forward/guard who can guard nearly every position except the Center. He re-signed with the Thunder just yesterday on a 3-year, $30-million deal. Even though a lot of people may bag on him for his terrible shooting and his misses on the charity line, don’t let that discourage you from his incredible defense. He may be the best on-ball defensive player currently in the league right now.
In the 5 game series vs the Houston Rockets, Andre was to guard their star James Harden and averaged 2.4 steals and 3.4 blocks per game for the entire series. Every year, this upcoming player always improves in points and after star Kevin Durant left to join the Golden State Warriors, Andre was immediately put into the Small-Forward position when naturally he’s a shooting guard.
Andre Roberson averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, yet he racked up 184 three’s, but only making 45 the entire season. He was also named to All-Defensive 2nd team for the first time in his career . He tremendously stepped up in the playoffs averaging 11 points per game in the series while shooting a 41% from the three-point line. Overall, this is really a great signing for OKC not only because he’s their best defensive player, but also because he has a lot of potential to improve his offense since he’s only 25.
With all said and done, both of these players will be key for OKC if they plan on making deep into the playoffs. Both are great defenders and both will be very valuable to the team in some way or another. Either you’ll see Andre throwing down a lob from a backcourt cut or you’ll see Patrick splashing a corner three.