The NBA award show is set to take place tonight on TNT, and some early results are being released. Andre Roberson was named to the All NBA Defensive Second Team on Monday afternoon. Roberson making this list isn’t a surprise to those who watched him play last season. The defensive stand out definitely had first team potential, but receiving votes for the same position as Kawhi Leonard made it nearly impossible for him to make that list.
Roberson received 53 points in the voting, which put him at 9th overall. He earned 3 first place votes, and 37 second place votes. Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams also received a few votes for the award, but neither one had enough to make it on either team.
NBA All-Defensive Teams. Andre Roberson on the second team. Russell Westbrook with 10 votes (five first-team), Steven Adams 1 vote. pic.twitter.com/A4sP4Xpvbm
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Andre had to guard the best player on every single team that the Thunder faced this past season. He did an outstanding job guarding the best of the best in the league. The Thunder posted a 106.3 net average on defense with Roberson on the floor. That was good enough for 5th best in the entire league. There is no doubt that he is one of the best defenders in the NBA right now. Compared to players who averaged 30 or more minutes, he ranked in at 15th in defensive impact per 100 possessions.
The young defender is a free agent this summer, but he would like to stay in Oklahoma City, and I’m sure the team would like to keep him as well. When the Thunder drafted Terrance Ferguson last week, many people thought he would be the replacement for Roberson. However, Ferguson has no experience in the NBA, and Roberson is a proven talent. If the Thunder can reach a deal with Andre at the right price, it will be no surprise to see him on the roster for the next few years.
Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.