Nov 4, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy (3) dribbles against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Timberwolves 105-86. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Statistics: 5 games played, 24.4 minutes, 5.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds, per game
Unlike Justin Dentmon or Justin Holiday, I felt like an incomplete grade for Brandon Roy was the most accurately defined his season. The past two years, Roy has battled injuries and was eventually waived by the Timberwolves at the end of the season. Sadly, that incomplete probably defines his career as a whole. What was once a Rookie of the Year is now most likely done after just six NBA seasons (not including the one he sat out last year). After his Rookie of the Year campaign, he was named to three straight All-Star teams before injuries derailed his path to stardom.
There were high hopes for Roy this season, especially after a T-Wolves debut in which he scored 10 points, collected five rebounds and dished out six assists. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there. He appeared in just four more games before deciding to go under the knife one more time. That would put an end to his Timberwolves career as he was waived at the end of the season.
There is expected to be at least one more time to see B-Roy play: at the Huskies’ Alumni Game on June 23. Hopefully, he is recovered enough from his surgery in November that he’ll be able to participate. There is not expected to be NBA interest in him next season, so he may decide to play even if he isn’t 100 percent.
It is truly a shame to see such a talented player have his career cut so short, before he even hit his prime. Nonetheless, we will always have memories of his last couple seasons at Washington and his first few in Portland.