Chris Douglas-Roberts, a second round NBA Draft pick in 2008, has a career average of 7.5 points through 162 contests on 44% shooting from the field. That's not so bad.
But for whatever reason, CDR has failed to stick in the NBA. He fell out of favor with Coach Scott Skiles while playing for the Bucks during the 2010-11 season, and from there on out, it's been an unfortunate uphill battle for the swingman.
The fact that Milwaukee seemed to hold other guards in higher regard than Douglas-Roberts wasn't/isn't exactly his fault. There's not much a player can do to control that, under certain circumstances. But what a player can control is ensuring he stays ready throughout as he waits for his chance to come.
CDR has certainly continued to do that, working out constantly in Dallas. After playing overseas during the lockout-shortened season, the guard spent training camp with the Lakers, but failed to snag a roster spot. Instead, he found himself ready to grace the D-League hardwood with the Texas Legends, affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
Regardless of how brightly the spotlight (or lack there of) of the NBADL shined on Douglas-Roberts, he went on to thrive, nevertheless. Seemingly playing better than ever, the guard averaged 22.5 points (on 49% from the field and 40% from deep), 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.9 steals through 11 minor league contests.
If his statistics aren't telling enough, the swingman did everything he could to rise up as a dominant force in the D-League. He led the league in scoring through those 11 games, and scored a preseason high of 49 points heading into the season.
Douglas-Roberts is an aggressive, overwhelming, and smart offensive force that scores with ease and does what he can to evade and/or respond to a defender's attempt to throw him off.
After watching him go without a team for this fall's training camp period, the Knicks were incredibly smart to swoop in and snatch him right up. The guard is on a training camp contract, but his late addition should still garner consideration from the team's staff that he deserves a spot on the opening night roster.
There's no doubt CDR could help the Knicks. One known to score in bunches, he could prove to be quite the spark plug off the bench. What's more, though New York's ongoing focus is on defense, the team undoubtedly has had difficulty finding reliable scoring options not named Carmelo Anthony or J.R. Smith. For what it's worth, Douglas-Roberts certainly knows how to create his own shot. How many of the other Knickerbockers can truly say that?
Coach Mike Woodson may still be pondering which of his players will emerge as starting shooting guard come opening night, but if one thing is for sure, it's that CDR should be working his way into earning minutes at that the two guard position as well.