Paul George believes the Thunder can get by for the time being without Andre Roberson.
Of course, Roberson recently hit a setback in his recovery from patellar surgery and is expected to be re-evaluated at the beginning of December so the Thunder will be without its top defensive player for quite some time.
With Roberson out for the immediate future, some have wondered if the Thunder will look to add another player to the roster as the team currently has one open roster spot available.
While that decision, of course, is above George and the rest of the players on the team, George says it will be on the players that are healthy and available to play to help the team get off to a fast start this season.
“We have to go out there and work with what we got,” George said. “I think we have more than enough for the time. Every day just staying steady and try to build habits and get better.
“The good thing about here is that we have principles regardless of who is out there, who is on the floor, what personnel; we have principles that we stick to. That’s all it is going to take is sticking to our principles.”
Now, the question for the Thunder becomes which player will start in place of Roberson in the lineup. Head coach Billy Donovan said on Friday that Terrance Fergusonhas earned the right to startfor the time being.
Ferguson has started at shooting guard in the lineup in each of the team’s two preseason games and has averaged six points, two rebounds and two assists in those two outings.
Perhaps most important for Ferguson is he has shown a confidence this preseason that wasn’t necessarily there last season as he completed his rookie season in the NBA.
So, as the Thunder progress through the preseason, the players on the roster know it will be on them to step up in place of Roberson as the team may not elect to sign another player to the roster.