The injury is expected to keep Walker out for a minimum of six weeks. Walker averaged 18.8 points and 5.2 assists before suffering the injury. Guard
“Here’s another opportunity for me to step up and help this team win games,” Roberts said Monday, per the Charlotte Observer. “It’s a challenge and everybody has to step up and take a little bit more ownership. Filling that void will be a group effort.”
Hornets coach Steve Clifford has praised Roberts for his play in limited action this season. He averages 6.8 points and 2.1 assists and 17.4 minutes. He also shoots 37 percent from 3-point range.
“Organize and score,” Clifford said of Roberts' strengths. “We play with a purpose when he’s in there. And with the pick-and-roll and the catch-and-shoot, he puts pressure on the defense.”
Not all injuries are made equal. Some injuries, like the one Brandon Jennings suffered last weekend, creates a huge hole on a team that has had a player ready and capable of stepping into it and providing Fantasy value. In the case of
Walker might go on the shelf for six weeks with a knee injury that could require surgery, and Fantasy owners are eyeing backup
Roberts is a game-manager type, and the Hornets likely won't ask for too much more from him than they already have. Roberts won't hurt you, but he is a decidedly un-sexy Fantasy option. If Augustin is already gone in your league, Roberts is worth a look, though I'm not sure he's even worth adding over the likes of Langston Galloway, Dante Exum or Eric Gordon, all of whom are available in at least 17 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.
"Just to know I can come in help a team win games, that is something you can't teach," Roberts said. "Just have experience that I was fortunate enough to have last year. And it looks like I'm going to have to do that a little bit here."
Roberts added three rebounds and dished out three assists on the night.
"One of the advantage of bringing him here was that he started so many games last year so he's comfortable in that role," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.
After participating in Tuesday's practice,
Walker has missed the last two games while dealing with a cyst in his left knee. Guard
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