Up until he was injured, Mississauga Raptors 905 Ronald Roberts was rapidly climbing the NBA D-League prospect list and about to earn a 10-day contract somewhere in the NBA. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Milwaukee Bucks have invited him to join their NBA Summer League team.
“I felt that my season went really well,” Roberts told Pro Bball Report. “Honestly, I owe a lot to Coach Jesse (Mermuys). He had a lot of faith in me and he just believed in me and he let me do a lot of things out there that a lot coaches in the past didn’t let me do. So, he let me expand my game and that eventually got me to the top (of the D-League prospect list) and I went down (with an injury), but everything happens for a reason and I should be ready for Summer League.
“I had calls from a few teams after I got hurt. A week after I got calls from teams, but obviously I couldn’t take (the offers).”
Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times reported on Woelfel’s Press Box that the Bucks have invited him to their Summer League camp.
The Bucks, who want to bolster their suspect reserve corps, have reached a verbal agreement with Ronald Roberts to play for their summer league team.
“I love the guy,” said a coach, who saw Roberts play on several occasions last season. “He’s really athletic and he’s a high-energy guy. He plays so hard. He comes to play every night.”
“Right now, he just doesn’t shoot it well, but if he develops a jump shot, he could be a really nice player and help some (NBA) team off the bench.”
The undrafted 24-year-old averaged 18.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 24 games for the 905 last season and outshone the Raptors big men Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira in their D-League stints.
Unfortunately, the Raptors don’t control D-league players on the 905 who they don’t hold draft rights to or an NBA contract with, so players that start to stand out can be scooped up by other NBA teams without compensation.
“I think that’s kind of the whole goal of the D-league,” Raptors director of scouting and 905 GM Dan Tolzman said. “As much as it is to develop our Raptors players, our goal is to create NBA players. That’s the whole concept of this league.
“If Ronald (Roberts) had not gotten hurt, we would probably have had three guys that were signing rest of season contracts (with another NBA team.)”
The Bucks don’t have Roberts NBA rights yet, but they’ll get a good look at a player who can probably help them next season.