Where is Andre Roberson now after Kevin Durant's legacy comments?

Joshua Rogers November 17, 2022
Where is Andre Roberson now after Kevin Durant's legacy comments?
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After Kevin Durant’s recent comments about his legacy, we take a look at where his former teammate Andre Roberson is now and what happened to him.

The Brooklyn Nets are one of the more interesting stories in the NBA right now. Kyrie Irving is still suspended, Ben Simmons is evidently short of confidence, and Kevin Durant is doing his upmost to keep the team together.

Following the Nes’ recent 153 point loss to the Sacramento Kings, Bleacher Report released an exclusive interview with KD.

Durant discussed a number of topics, including what is legacy will be. KD appeared to reject the notion his legacy was built on championships and trophies, instead insisting it was predicated on how he helped his teammates.

“All that extra s*** like, ‘You got to win before you retire and make sure your legacy is straight,’ that’s bull**** to me.” he said. “My legacy is predicated on what Cam Thomas is learning from me and what he’ll take away to help him by the time he’s in his 10th year. That’s my legacy. What I did with Andre Roberson, the confidence I helped him build when he was in the league. That’s my legacy.”

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KD and Roberson played together for the Thunder

Andre Roberson was selected by the Thunder – KD’s former team – with the 26th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. During his college career with the Colorado Buffaloes, Roberson was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. 

While he was never an elite scorer, he was an excellent role player and defender, making the 2017 All-Defensive team.

Roberson was a key part of some really good Thunder teams during that time, playing alongside the likes of Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams. Roberson would consistently guard the opponent’s top scorer and was widely recognised as one of the league’s best defenders.

KD thought so too. He’s “probably the best” defender in the league, Durant said. “His lateral release, his quickness. He’s got long arms, and he’s strong, he’s just smart. KD added, ‘he’s just an athlete, one of those athletes who enjoys trying to keep up with the fastest and best players. He takes that challenge on.”

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What happened to Andre Roberson – where is he now?

Sadly, Roberson’s career was hampered by injury. He sustained a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon in a win over Detroit in January 2018, just weeks after missing games with left patellar tendinitis.

At the time Durant, who was with the Warriors, shot him an encouraging text, showing that even on different teams the pair remained close.

Roberson underwent surgery the following day and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season. He had several other setbacks and in November 2018 suffered a small avulsion fracture in his knee.

In 2020-21, Andre briefly played for the Brooklyn Nets. However, he would play just five games for the team, which was the last time he played in an NBA game.

In August 2021, Andre posted footage of himself playing pick up basketball. One of the captions read: ‘Got miles left on these legs! Lol. A little work! …Thankful’:

In August 2022, Sports Illustrated reported that Andre Roberson still remains a free agent available for any team in the NBA to sign. 

The 2022 NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 10 2023. While it looks unlikely, a contender may decide Andre can give them something off the bench.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.