Everyone can rest easier tonight because Josh McRoberts is leaving Duke. They’re really going to miss their underachieving big man in Durham. Wherever will they find 13 points and 8 rebounds per game? What is this, the year for the “little things” forward in the draft? At best, McRoberts is a poor man’s Joakim Noah. Coach K is practically pushing him out the door.
“It is time for him to move on to the next level,” Coach Krzyzewski said. We couldn’t agree more. After two years at Duke, and only one in which he played starters’ minutes, it’s obvious that McRoberts is ready to go out. He clearly is ready to handle NBA-quality big men. Oh, wait, he’s not ready at all. He’s more Shavlik Randolph than, uh, we’re having trouble naming a good pure post player in the NBA who went to Duke. Oh, right, Elton Brand, sure, him. Or that Boozer kid, he’s not bad. Whatever, we all know
McRandolph McRoberts isn’t either one of those guys.
He scored six and nine points respectively against North Carolina, and their two star forwards, Brandan Wright and Tyler Hansbrough, in the two games they played this past season. He did mange an average of 13 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, which are respectable numbers. However, looking at his game splits, many of his most productive contests were actually in losses for the Blue Devils. He disappeared in the two UNC games, but he scored 22 against Virginia Commonwealth in the tournament, 20 against Maryland in February and 19 against Virginia in February.
Admittedly, one can make statistics say anything to prove a point. Our point is this: this is one of the deepest drafts in years and Josh McRoberts is, at best, a mid-first-round pick. He’ll also be the umpteenth forward drafted because of how deep the forward spots are this year. Would it have killed him to come back for next season, possibly dominate and be a top-five pick next year? Why go ride the bench for an NBA team? Weird decision all the way around.