Ronald Roberts Jr. (Image c/o Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
Ronald Roberts Jr. may have been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers when the team had to get their roster down to the 15-player maximum, but it looks like he won’t be going far.
According to Liberty Ballers.com, sources have said that Roberts Jr., a St. Joseph’s alum who played with the Hawks for four years, will be added to the Sixers’ D-League affiliate team, the Delaware 87ers.
During Roberts Jr.’s senior year with St. Joe’s he averaged 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game and, while he did go undrafted, impressed the Sixers with his play during the Orlando summer league, averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. In fact, he impressed so much that the Sixers invited him to training camp, where he looked to be a sure thing to make the final roster.
Unfortunately, a left quad injury derailed that plan as he was only able to play in four preseason games and was limited in what he could do the rest of the summer. So when the time came to get the roster down to 15, Roberts Jr. was one of the players who got the axe along with Drew Gordon and Malcolm Lee.
Which was a real shame. At 6’8”, Roberts Jr. has the athleticism and the mass to be a huge asset to the Sixers, especially at the forward position. And since he played a full four years at St. Joe’s, he is more mature and mentally prepared for the pro game than the average NBA rookie. Plus, it’s always great to see local talent land with the 76ers. In a city with such a rich college hoops tradition like this, I’m honestly surprised it doesn’t happen more often.
Of all the players the Sixers let go in the lead-up to the season, none deserve a chance to show what he can do more than Roberts Jr. I’m willing to bet if it wasn’t for that quad injury he would have made the final roster instead of some of the players the team decided to keep. And now, with him headed to the 87ers, Roberts Jr. may still have that chance.