The ship continues to sink for the former top ranked player in the 2005 high school class, as after laying an egg in his first game here, he proceeded to have an even worse outing tonight, shooting 2-10 from the field. Josh McRoberts clearly doesnt want to be herethat much is obvious from his body language, seemingly floating up and down the floor aimlessly with his thumb up his [rear end] as one longtime NBA scout put it. Hes coming off the bench behind two undrafted players in Lance Allred and Cory Violette who look destined for Europeand quite frankly has not made any type of case for himself to be receiving minutes over them.
Offensively, McRoberts does not seem to have a consistent way of creating points for himself. He looked incredibly soft in the post, fading away from contact, being unable or unwilling to use his body to create space, showing very little in the ways of actual post moves, and settling for bad shots. On the perimeter, McRoberts is making things way too difficult on himself, pulling up off the dribble on more than one occasion for mid-range jumpers (air-balling one of his attempts), and even trying to shoot an NBA 3-pointer.
Defensively, McRoberts could not stay in front of any of the D-League players he tried to guard tonight, and did not really put much effort at all into this part of his game--being outhustled for rebounds as well. Opposing players have been going right at him in both games we saw here, and McRoberts really hasnt responded to the challenge in the least bit.
The sooner McRoberts realizes how far he is right now from being an NBA player, the better off hell be. From what we can tell, the Development League is exactly the place he needs to be at the moment. His lofty recruiting rankings from high school will only take him so far at this point, as he looks pretty close to turning into a cautionary tale if hes not careful.