NBA Draft 2013: Oklahoma City Thunder select Andre Roberson

Jeff Gross

The Thunder did some wheeling and dealing, and they ended up with Andre Roberson with the No. 26 pick.

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson with the No. 26 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The Thunder acquired the pick from the Golden State Warriors, who had acquired the pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Roberson averaged 10.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Buffaloes in 2012-13. He excels on the glass, particularly on the defensive side — he was No. 2 in the country in defensive rebounding percentage as a sophomore in 2011-12, and No. 8 in 2012-13.

In his three seasons at Colorado, he showed consistent improvement in his offensive game, but he'll have to continue to improve it as a 6'7 wing in the NBA. There is little question, however, that he's ready on the other end of the floor. He forfeited his eligibility at Colorado just 10 rebounds shy of the the school's all-time record, and he led the Buffaloes in rebounds, blocks and steals in all three of his seasons. For his final two years, Colorado was an NCAA tournament team.

Roberson will add more athleticism to an already very athletic Thunder team. He'll also provide nice depth on the wing and help bolster Oklahoma City's rebounding, which is already quite strong.

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