Roberson (knee) out two months
Oklahoma City will reportedly have to do without its best perimeter defender much longer than anticipated.
According to multiple reports, Andre Roberson has suffered a setback in his recuperation from offseason surgery on his left knee. Per Brett Dawson of The Athletic and Erik Horne of The Oklahoman, the five-year swingman will be re-evaluated in two months.
Roberson propelled the Thunder’s defense to elite levels last season. When he was on the floor, Oklahoma City boasted a 96.4 defensive rating — nearly five points better than league-leading Boston (101.5) — compared to 107.6 without him.
The team’s efficiency on that end quickly fell apart when the 6-foot-7 veteran was ruled out for the rest of the 2017-18 season in late January. The 26th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Roberson earned All-Defensive Second Team honors in 2016-17.