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Former Colorado star Andre Roberson, left, was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive second team.


(Note: This story was updated to reflect Scott Wedman as a former CU player who also earned NBA All-Defensive honors.)

A willingness to do the dirty work continues to reap benefits for former Colorado basketball star Andre Roberson.

On Monday, Roberson was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team for another workmanlike season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Roberson received three first-team votes and 47 second-team votes, finishing eighth overall.

Roberson started 79 games this past season for the Thunder, averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and one blocked shot per game to go with 6.6 points per game. Roberson was even better during the Thunder’s five-game first-round playoff loss against Houston, averaging 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game.

Roberson is just the third former CU player to earn a spot on the NBA All-Defensive team, joining Chauncey Billups and Scott Wedman in that exclusive club. Billups earned consecutive second-team honors in 2005 and 2006. Wedman received second-team honors for the 1979-80 season. 

Despite just three seasons in Boulder, Roberson ranks second all-time at CU in total rebounds (1,045) and owns the program’s top two rebounding marks rebounds in a single season (401 in 2011-12 and 347 in 2012-13).

Roberson was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season. He was joined on the All-Defensive second team by one of Derrick White’s new teammates, San Antonio’s Danny Green, in addition to Memphis’ Tony Allen, Anthony Davis of New Orleans, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee.

Draymond Green of Golden State paced the All-Defensive first team as the top vote-getter and was joined on the first team by Utah’s Rudy Gobert, another San Antonio Spur in Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul of the Clippers, and Houston’s Patrick Beverley.

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