HoopsHype Brian Roberts rumors
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts is the greatest free-throw shooter in NBA history. OK, well maybe not officially – Roberts hasn’t attempted enough foul shots to qualify for that distinction. Still, among all players in NBA history who’ve attempted at least 150 free throws in their career, the second-year pro’s percentage of 92.4 is the highest ever. “That’s pretty amazing,” the University of Dayton product said when he was informed of his place atop the all-time list. “Throughout my career in college and overseas, it’s something that’s been pretty consistent for me. I’ve always been in the upper 80s (in percentage), but to be in the mid- to low-90s, I think that’s the best I’ve done.” “First in NBA history? That’s awesome,” said teammate Ryan Anderson, himself an 85.9 percent career foul shooter who made an incredible 95.2 percent this season before being sidelined by injury. NBA.com
Since joining New Orleans as a rookie in 2012-13, Roberts has connected on a total of 146 of his 158 attempts from the foul line, including a recent stretch in which he sank 32 in a row. After a 90.9 rate as a rookie, he’s up to 93.8 this season, which is better than league leader Dirk Nowitzki’s 91.6 percentage. Unfortunately, you won’t see Roberts’ name yet in the official 2013-14 leaders, because according to Basketball-Reference, a player must make at least 125 free throws in a single season in order to qualify for the lead. The 28-year-old has gone 76-for-81 from the charity stripe in 2013-14, meaning he needs 49 more makes to have a chance to take the No. 1 spot from Nowitzki. NBA.com
Backup point guard Brian Roberts hopes he did enough in summer league for the New Orleans Pelicans to pick up the option on his contract for this upcoming season that could increase his salary to $788,872 from last season’s $473,604. Roberts struggled with a three-of-14 shooting performance in Friday night’s 78-77 loss to the Washington Wizards but he made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer. Roberts came into Friday’s game averaging 14.5 points after four games. ``I thought I played pretty well,’’ Roberts said. ``There were times when I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but overall I thought I gave the effort when I was out there. Mainly, I wanted to show that I could run the team and get guys in the right positions.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune
Forward Lance Thomas also is hoping the Pelicans will extend him a contract offer. The Pelicans waived Thomas last Wednesday to clear salary cap space for the franchise to sign center Greg Stiemsma. If the Pelicans had not waived Thomas, he would have been guaranteed to earn $884,293 this upcoming season. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Since the regular season ended just more than a month ago, New Orleans Pelicans backup guard Brian Roberts hasn’t paid much attention to the upcoming NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night. But whether the Pelicans pick up the option on Roberts' contract to retain him could largely depend on where they are slotted for the upcoming June 27 NBA draft. The Pelicans have only an 8.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick going into the lottery. But they have a 26.15 percent chance of staying at the fifth spot, where several mock drafts have them selecting Michigan point guard Trey Burke. Most have Burke, 6-feet, 190, being taken no higher than fifth and not lower than seventh. New Orleans Times-Picayune
``Right now I’m just trying to see how things play out,’’ Roberts said. ``I haven’t talked to coach or management about that kind of stuff as of yet. But I’m pretty confident something can be worked out.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune
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