Former Portland Trailblazer and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy burst on the NBA scene in 2006. After being traded on draft night by the Minnesota Timberwolves for Randy Foye in his first game, Roy scored 20 points against the Seattle Supersonics in Seattle. Roy is a Seattle native, who went to high school at Garfield High School and went to the college at the University of Washington.
While Roy was at the University of Washington, he had the opportunity to play with fellow Husky Nate Robinson. The two grew up together but attended separate high schools, Robinson would attend Rainer Beach, and Roy played cross-town at Garfield.
In the past several players from the Seattle area gave Roy high praised including Memphis Grizzlies guard Avery Bradley, who named him to be the best to come out of Seattle.
He was the most NBA ready out of any of us that came out of the city.
He would continue:
If it wasn’t for leg injuries, there is no telling what he could have accomplished.
During a recent interview with Roy’s former college teammate Nate Robinson if he agreed that Roy was the greatest to come out of the city.
I don’t know if he is the best to come out of Seattle. I would say Jamal Crawford to be the best out of Seattle basketball player and Brandon Roy would probably be a second, maybe if you want to put me in the category because I did three sports coming out of Washington and we still own a state championship. B Roy only played basketball, Jamal Crawford only played basketball, these only did this basketball, I did it in football, basketball, and track.
As it pertains to basketball, I would say there is no comparison it is Jamal Crawford any day of the week. I am picking Jamal Crawford over Brandon Roy, but B Roy is one of the next after that for sure. Maybe, that me being biased because he went to Garfield and Jamal and I went to Rainer Beach, that is why my answer is the way it is because Mal and I are really close.
During his rookie year in the NBA, Roy averaged 14.5 per game, leading all rookies, he was selected to the All-Rookie team during All-Star Weekend and almost won the 2006-2007 Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.
Throughout his six seasons in the NBA, Roy averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists. In 2009, Roy’s play during his rookie contract landed him a new four-year max deal to stay in Portland with a 5th being a player’s option. The deal would have kept Roy in Portland until the 2013-2014 season.
On April 11th, 2010, Roy would injure his knee, and after the MRI results came back, it turned out that he had a right knee bone contusion. His original diagnosed slated Roy to be out at least the first round of the 2010 Playoffs but returned eight days later for Game 4. He would lead the Blazers to victory and was named to All-NBA Third Team.
Roy’s career was cut short due to knee cartilage deficiencies (degenerative arthritis). The former was forced to retire two seasons after his third and final All-Star appearance. As for Robinson, he is a former ten year NBA veteran and has three Slam Dunk Championships to his name and is known for the 2012-2013 playoff season with the Bulls. Robinson averaged 16.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists for the Bulls off the bench in the absence of Derrick Rose, who was out with an ACL injury.
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