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Ronald Roberts Jr. Earns NBA Stripes After Dominating NBA D-League

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The Delaware Sevens forward was called-up to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday in a widely expected move.

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Anyone that has been watching the D-League this season should be familiar with the freak athlete that was taking over for the Delaware 87ers. Ronald Roberts was averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Sevens, converting on 67% of his attempts. He started all eight games for the Sevens and was becoming a player that most assumed would be called up at one point or another. With the Philadelphia 76ers trading Brandon Davies to the Nets, it left the front court wounded. The 76ers smartly reached out to their D-League affiliate and called-up Roberts from Delaware, a few hours prior to a Friday night matchup with the Nets. Roberts is the 11th Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 season.

Roberts didn't log any game action this weekend, but shook the internet up with this pregame dunk. Rest assured, Roberts will get on the floor for the 76ers and show his ability to rebound and turn garbage into gold. The St. Joe's alumni is a prime target for alley oop opportunities, which is where a large percentage of his points came from in the D-League. Roberts would point his finger towards the sky and the ball handler would throw it up as Roberts finished.

A nagging quadriceps injury destroyed Roberts' chances of making the 76ers final roster, even though he impressed in Summer League. However, when the 76ers assigned him to Delaware via the affiliate rule, it was a fact that he would appear with the Sixers before the season ended. Now, all he needs is his opportunity to get off the bench. Philadelphia doesn't have many big men besides Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims, often sporting a small forward at the power forward spot in smaller lineups. This gives the exciting prospect a chance to log 10-15 minutes per game on a team that is desperate for his skill set. He's a local product that the Philadelphia market will love to see succeed, he's just waiting on his chance now.