Former Portland Trailblazers’ guard Brandon Roy has been dubbed the best basketball player to come out of Seattle.
Before entering the NBA draft in 2006, he spent all four years at the University of Washington honing his skills. Under the leadership of former Huskies coach h Lorenzo Romar, and by the time he left, Roy was the most NBA ready out of anyone that had been in the league before him. That includes Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Doug Christie, Avery Bradey, and Nate Robinson.
Before the Dallas Mavericks took on the Memphis Grizzlies a couple of years ago, I asked Grizzles guard at the time Avery Bradley, who was the best player to come out of Seattle.
With no hesitation, he said, Brandon Roy.
“He was the most NBA ready out of any of us that came out of the city, and it wasn’t for leg injuries, there is no telling what he could have accomplished,” said Bradley.
I reached out to Nate Robinson to get his opinion on Roy being the best to come out of Seattle. Since they both grew up together and played together at the University of Washington for three years.
“I don’t know if he [Brandon Roy] is the best to come out of Seattle. I would say Jamal Crawford over Brandon Roy for me. My choice would be Jamal Crawford to be the best to come out of Seattle as a basketball player. You could say that Brandon Roy is a close second, maybe if you want to put me in the category being basketball and football,” said Robinson.
“I played three sports coming out of Washington basketball, football, and track, while B Roy only did basketball and Jamal only played basketball. I did this in basketball, football, and track, but in basketball it is Jamal Crawford any day of the week. But, B Roy is one of the best for sure.”
Robinson went to Rainer Beach High School and looked up to Crawford growing up, while Brandon Roy went to a rival high school.
When I spoke to three-time Sixth Man of the Year, Jamal Crawford, about Roy, he told me that he had no weakness.
“I remember going over a scouting report when he was a rookie and my Knicks teammates were like: ‘what do mean no weaknesses,” said Crawford.
“I was like: ‘nah he has no weaknesses.’ He can dribble, shoot, pass, defend, post and he does everything. He makes the right play all the time and I think he plays with his mind first when he was out there. That is why he was such a joy. Only true basketball purists appreciate how good he was.”
The late, great Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant said something similar, stating Roy had no weakness in his game.
“Brandon Roy has no weaknesses in his game. I told him I don’t know of any player outside of myself that has no weaknesses besides him,” said Bryant.
Fellow Rainer Beach High School legend Dougie Christie could not stop talking about Roy’s athleticism.
”His explosive athleticism was downplayed because he did not depend on it,” said Christie.
“But the ability to knock down shots, the herky-jerkiness to create like IT [Isaiah Thomas], but as big as me and the ability for the moment. Also, a four-year guy that went to school all four years. So, when he got here he was ready to play.”
Jason Terry believes if it were not for injuries (knee cartilage deficiencies (degenerative arthritis), he would probably be a Hall of Famer.
“There is often in professional sports where many elite athletes lost their careers due to injury. This is another case; Brandon Roy would have been a perennial All-Star, probably a Hall of Famer. If it was not for injuries, but he will go down as a Washington State legend with Seattle roots,” said Terry.
“He has now won a state championship, a national championship as a high school coach. So, his game will never be forgotten, and his legacy will never be forgotten.”