During the 2007-08 season, Josh McRoberts played 28 minutes and scored 12 points. That’s it. For the entire year.
Now, he starts for the Indiana Pacers, puts up season-long stats in a single game and dunks on people like his name was Jim Carrey and he was starring in a documentary about cable installation. It’s been quite the transformation from marginal NBA bro to legit starting power forward.
Turns out, all he had to do was find himself. Cue the inspirational music and Earl Watson quotage from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:
“Every player is different,” said Watson, who is now with the Utah Jazz. “I noticed early on last year that he was trying to play like Troy Murphy. Everyone has their own special ingredient that makes them. You can’t put J-Mac in a box because he can do so many different things. He’s extremely athletic.”
Some have compared McRoberts to Denver’s Chris Andersen.
“He’s not the Birdman. He’s not (Golden State’s) Louis Amundson,” said Watson, McRoberts’ closest friend on the team last season. “He’s got his own identity and does things better than those guys. I think people will see those skills on display even more this season.”
Thanks, Earl Watson, for clearing that up. People always want to compare players, so it is good to be reminded that these guys are their own selves. We need to stop comparing Caucasian power forwards who can jump high and/or who are skilled to other Caucasian power forwards who can jump high and/or who are skilled.
Just to keep things straight, if you are ever wondering which people Josh McRoberts isn’t, here is an exhaustive list:
- David Lee
- Danilo Gallinari
- Luke Harangody
- Nick Collison
- Luke Babbitt
- Jason Smith
- Andrea Bargnani
- A non-Swedish Jonas Jerebko
- A non-Turkish Ersan Ilyasova
- A non-terrible Vladimir Radmanovic
- Trey Kerby
- Brian Scalabrine
- Half of Kris Humphries
- Half of Blake Griffin
- Half of Taylor Griffin
- Those two guys from Duke who are brothers
- That other guy from Duke
- To be honest, most of the guys from Duke who aren’t guards
- Paul Wall
- Kevin Love
- A lot of the Indiana Pacers
- The mid-90s Utah Jazz
- ESPN’s Dave Jacoby
Josh McRoberts is his own man and he’s pretty good these days. We need to remember that the next time we’re comparing this very Tom Chambers-esque player to other NBAers.
Just keep that in mind.