Brandon Roy was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by Minnesota and immediately traded to the Portland Trailblazers for the draft rights to Randy Foye. The pick was highly criticized at the time. Many believed that Roy’s lack of athleticism would make it difficult for him to perform at an elite level in the NBA. Many believed that Roy’s four year college career had maxed out his skills and that there was not a lot of room to grow as a player. Some were concerned that he was not even the best player on his team in college. Roy attended the University of Washington and played alongside Nate Robinson.
Brandon Roy entered the NBA and immediately began proving critics wrong with a monster rookie year. He average 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game. His performance would earn him rookie of the year honors. Roy followed up his rookie season with three consecutive appearances in all star games. In 2009 Roy made the NBA all second team and in 2010 he was voted to the NBA all third team. Roy had surgery on his right knee in April of 2010 and came back only eight days after surgery and led the Trailblazers to victory. In January of 2011 Roy had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. Roy came back later in the season, but played a limited role off the bench. Roy announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. Roy’s knees had degenerated so much that he lacked the cartilage between the bones in both of his knees.
Roy proved all of his critics wrong, but his NBA career was short lived. As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friends”. Brandon Roy recently announced that he is attempting to make a comeback. It is being reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers are all interested in signing Brandon Roy. While it is being reported that five teams are seeking the services of Brandon Roy and his scoring ability, that still leaves 25 teams that lack interest. That means that 80% of the NBA doesn’t believe in Brandon Roy. The critics are back and so is Brandon Roy, trying to prove them all wrong.
The first time around I believed in Brandon Roy and I rooted for him. This time, I think its a big mistake for him to make a comeback, but I will still be rooting for him. A lot of time we see former NFL players who can barely walk at the end of their careers, but its very rare to see NBA players with the same problems. I respect Brandon Roy for believing in himself and attempting to do something that everyone says he can’t do, but it seems illogical. If he does make a comeback, I believe he would be the most successful as a sixth man off of the bench who plays 20 minutes a game. If he thinks that he is going to comeback and play 35 minutes a night against guys like Kevin Durant and LeBron James then I think hes crazy. Tomorrow night is the NBA Draft, six years ago around this time Roy was drafted. Its six years later and Roy finds himself trying to answer the critics again, but this time the questions are different.