While Andre Roberson may have gotten waived on Tuesday in order for the Brooklyn Nets to save money, he is expected to be re-signed in the near future along with Iman Shumpert. Andre Robertson has seen real game action only once this season. During last game versus the Kings, he logged 17 minutes, grabbed 4 rebounds, but did not score. A defensive specialist, Andre Roberson is not known for his offensive game. What made Andre Roberson an intriguing signing was his potential defensive impact on the Nets. Let’s examine to see if Andre Roberson can realistically get consistent minutes for the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets didn’t have much depth immediately after the Harden trade, which was a concern at the time. Since then, players such as Bruce Brown, Landry Shamet, Tyler Johnson, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot have come along nicely and have been playing really well. They all provide shooting and are passable on the defensive end. With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, it is vital to have as many shooters on the floor as possible. Andre Roberson does not offer any shooting whatsoever and is a liability on offense. This may be the reason why it will be tough for him to crack the rotation.
While Andre Roberson is limited on the offensive end, his impact on defense cannot be understated. He is known for guarding the opposing team’s best player and does so effectively. The Nets for the most part of the season have been historically bad on the defensive end. But the past few weeks the Nets have been quietly improving in defensively. They gave up less than 110 points to the Lakers and Clippers in back-to-back games, which is quite the accomplishment for them. Brooklyn is currently on a 7 game win streak as well. The Nets don’t need their defense to be great; they just need it to not be awful in order to win games since their offense is so dynamic. With the hot streak the Nets are currently on, it is hard to imagine Roberson getting any consistent minutes.
While it is going to be an uphill battle for Andre Roberson to get minutes, he may get lucky with injuries. Jeff Green went down on Sunday’s game versus the Clippers and was out Tuesday vs. the Kings. He is currently dealing with a right shoulder contusion. There is no timetable but it’s possible Green misses some time. In addition, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot also got injured on Sunday and was out Tuesday versus the Kings with a right hip contusion. Depending on when Green and TLC return, Roberson may crack the rotation during the next few games. And while Kevin Durant is supposed to return from his hamstring injury soon, he still may miss the next few games, giving Andre Roberson an even greater chance of potentially seeing the floor.
So while there’s a chance in the near future Andre Roberson sees some action like he did on Tuesday versus Sacramento, in the long term I don’t expect him to be out on the court much at all, let alone get consistent minutes.