The difference between Brian and some of the other players mentioned here are that he has more experience than any of them playing in big games. He's not fresh out of college, and has proven himself in one of the best overseas professional leagues around - winning championships to add to it. I've been watching Brian play since he was in junior high in Toledo - he will do everything in his power to develop and help his team win. If that means passing, shooting, or even cheering his team on from the sidelines, he'll do what it takes and give 100% in the process. Excited to see this happen.
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Hornets Sign Brian Roberts
Hornets Sign 6’1 Guard Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts is a 26yr old guard who played his last season for Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. He then was called up by the Hornets to play in the 2012 Summer League where he played all four games with three starts. He averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game while shooting 50.0% from the field, 54.5% from three-point range and 93.8% from the line. Roberts will wear #22, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Brian Roberts & assistant coach Jame Borrego speak after 3rd summer league game.
I read all these posts and Greivis gets very little love - I watched him for 4 years as a Terp and he is a gamer. - Point is Roberts is #2 - Austin is a 19 year old shooting guard who will back up EG - I see Roberts getting way more minutes than Rivers as backup PG
As someone who watched Roberts for 4 years in college, the quote below from Thommy D cannot be overstated. He'll never be the fastest, strongest, tallest but there aren't many players who have shown the ability to put a team on their back and deliver when it matters like Brian. For anyone who saw him at Dayton, Bamberg or in the last summer league game, you'll know what I am talking about. Now, the question is how will his skill set manifest itself in the NBA given his limitations. It will be interesting to find out the answer this year. "Brian lead the team and was “always” the man who got the ball at the end of tight games, because he really nearly made and makes every single important shot in Crunch Time. He is Ice! Never seen a player like this here before."
I like this move because we really need a back up PG but I hope the Hornets find a vet PG. This team is really young and needs a veteran presence in the back court.
Got a small addition: The stats that I posted in my last post (8.6 points and 2.2 assists in 25 minutes per game) have been Brians stats over the last 3 years in Bamberg. Here are his stats of his last season (including play-offs) in Bamberg: MPG: 26,1 Min PPG: 12,1 (No.2 in the team behind P.J.Tucker with 16,9) RPG: 2,0 APG: 3,1 SPG: 0,7 TOPG: 1,5 BPG: 0,1 2P%: 55.6 % / 109 of 196 3P%: 49.4 % (No.2 in the league) / 77 of 156 ( in the league) FG%: 52.8 % / 186 of 352 FT%: 88.0 %(No. 7 in the league) / 81 of 92 +/- when he was on the floor +10,7 (The 4th best of the whole league in Germany)
Thommy, thank you for the post and info. It's really great to hear from your perspective. Isn't it an amazing world we live in, that someone from Germany can let people in Louisiana know about a pro basketball player? From what you said, this guy should be a good player. If he can hit threes near that pace, he'll be in the NBA for a few years. Hungry, mature, sharp shooting combo guard as the third string? That sounds like the Hornets are developing a deep bench. I'd love it if they could add a 2/3 swingman who can defend, but man, it's hard not to be excited about the Hornets' direction.
I got a Brose Baskets Bamberg season pass and was in the Arena for the most games Brian played for us the last 3 years . First he was just a shooter and played most of the time at Shooting Guard, but than had to play more at Point Guard, because of the injury of the No.1 PG (John Goldsberry). He really has developed his passing skills, his devensive play and his game and became a real leader for our team. He became a real team player who always wants to win. His stats last season for Bamberg (8.6 points and 2.2 assists in 25 minutes per game) may not look great, but thats just because there was a team with no real top scorer which was relly sharing the ball very well and were always looking for good shots and had just a great team chemisty. With former NBA Players Casey Jacobsen and P.J. Tucker (who just signed with the Phoenix Suns) and Center Tibor Pleiss (who rejected a offer from Oklahoma, because he wants to develop in Europe first and signed in Spain, but has an NBA contract option) Brian lead the team and was "always" the man who got the ball at the end of tight games, because he really nearly made and makes every single important shot in Crunch Time. He is Ice! Never seen a player like this here before. Probably the coolest shooter the german league has ever seen, his 3 point shot is really his big big strength. In the 3 years he played for Bamberg we won The Championship (and The Cup, which is another Tournament every year) in all three years, which was incredibly huuuuuge for the our small City and the Fans. I am really sad, that he left us, but I wish him good luck and all the best. I am not shure, if he is good enough to play at this level in the NBA, but I am shure that he will try his best and will give everything for the team and work hard every single day to be a part of the NBA roster of the Hornets. Greetings from Bamberg Thommy D. P.S. If he gets his chance, don´t be surprised if he gots an invitation for the 3-Point-Shootout ;-)
Roberts been in the NBA before but it was years ago but with this second chance he could be a steal.
Good signing ! I think he could be solid for us in case a player of our backcourt is coming down with an injury. Seems like a pretty good shooter. It will be raining 3s in New Orleans next season ! Haha
Why would we bring in a player with no place on this team... I saw all the Summer League games considering they were replayed on the NBA Channel if you missed any... Be advised Roberts is a point guard and he can shoot... He was also a point guard for a European national championship team.. And let's not forget Mr. Vasquez was also a point guard for a pretty good team at Maryland... I really don't think Mr. Demps would bring in a player who didn't fit with the chemistry on this young team.. Oh and anyone who watched the Hornets Summer League team understand why they signed him... Plus they probably scouted this kid over the last year or so... Good move than there is that big out of the Summer League they might sign...
Brose Baskets Bamberg: Say it 5 times fast! He either develops or gets cut at training camp. "John in MO" is right. His performance DOES deserve a closer look.
Roberts performance in summer league warranted a closer look--no question. He has the potential to be an impact backup right away. His shooting and ball handling will be very important to the second unit. I think if we can lock up Socks, we have a nice young core. Great signing. Geaux Hornets!
At least it fills the need who knows he might be able to be one of those "diamond in the ruffs" that we need so badly.
At best the 3rd point guard in the rotation. My guess is that Roberts makes the team only if the Hornets are unable to sign a vet to the vet's minimum. Risky to rely on two rookies backing up a backup at PG this year. NO needs to play more uptempo this season and won't be able to do it, successfully, with the three PGs currently signed.