Will The Brandon Roy Comeback Tour Be Successful?
It’s official, he’s back! But, unfortunately for Trailblazer fans, Brandon Roy cannot rejoin them until the 2014-2015 season because he was amnestied after his retirement. So how good can B-Roy be? After just five seasons Roy had career averages of 19 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 4.3 rebounds per game. Roy was one of the most complete players in the NBA. He was the captain of the Blazers, he ran the offense, and he was a reliable clutch shooter at the end of games. Unfortunately for him, the Blazers, and his fans, Roy’s knees degenerated so much that he lacked cartilage between the bones of both of his knees, and was sadly forced to retire.
The last time Roy played was in a playoff series against eventual champions, the Dallas Mavericks. After shooting just 1-8 in the first 2 games of the series, Roy sparked two miraculous victories in Portland, including, one of the best playoff performances ever. In game 4, the Mavericks had a 21-point lead in the closing minutes of the 3rd quarter. Roy knocked down a three heading into the 4th to shorten the deficit to 18 points. Roy went on to score 18 points in the forth quarter in one of the most entertaining playoff comebacks ever. With just over a minute left in the game, down 4, Roy knocked down a three while being fouled to complete the 4-point play and tie up the game. After a Blazer stop, Roy hit the game winning shot on the next possession, leading the Blazers to an improbable comeback. This all seemed impossible for Roy after a miserable season where he was relegated to the bench and played through considerable pain.
In my opinion his forth quarter shows that Roy still has what it takes to be a valuable asset to an NBA team. I’m not saying he should be a starter, or play around 30 minutes per game. But, off the bench, Roy can be an extremely valuable asset. Even if he can’t be a consistent double-digit scorer like years passed, Roy is a very good passer, and is capable of running the bench for 20-25 minutes per game. Roy’s ability as a leader are qualities that can’t be taught, and would be valuable to any team. I don’t know how Roy will be able to do it with two bad knees, but he seems to always defy the odds, and I expect him to make an impact next season for whatever team he ends up playing for.