Frederick Clark "Fred" Roberts (born August 14, 1960) is a retired
American basketball player who played power forward in the National
Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons, a career spanning from
1983 to 1997, becoming one of the more successful journeymen to play
in the league. He also played in FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB.
1 College career
2 Professional career
3 Later work
5 External links
Roberts played four years of college basketball at Brigham Young
University in Utah, from 1978 to 1982. He played in 119 total games,
averaged 15.5 points and seven rebounds and shot 54.6% from the
field. His playing ability along with
Danny Ainge and
Greg Kite led
to the success of the BYU program during this time. Roberts also
played on the USA Junior World Championship Team in 1979, playing
alongside greats such as
James Worthy and leading the USA to an
undefeated 8-0 record.
He was drafted by the
Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1982
NBA Draft, but opted to play basketball for a year in Bologna, Italy.
While overseas, Roberts was traded to the
New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets on November
12, 1982 for Phil Ford and a second-round draft choice, and from
there was traded to the
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs on June 7, 1983 with other
players in exchange for coach Stan Albeck. Afterwards, he played
his first full NBA season with the Spurs.
He played just over a season with San Antonio before being traded to
Utah Jazz for two second-round draft picks. In September 1986,
Boston Celtics offered him a two-year deal worth $315,000, which
the Jazz matched. Almost immediately after matching the offer, the
Jazz traded him to Boston for a future draft pick. He played two
seasons for the Celtics, appearing in the 1987 NBA Finals, before
being chosen by the
Miami Heat in the 1988 NBA expansion draft.
However, Roberts was traded to the
Milwaukee Bucks before ever playing
a game for the Heat. He played for the Bucks for five seasons, where
he had his best years as a professional, reaching the 10 points per
game mark and playing more minutes than he ever had in his career. The
highlight of his time in Milwaukee came in Game 4 of the Eastern
Conference semi-finals in 1989, in which Roberts replaced injured
Terry Cummings and scored a career-high 33 points in a 96-94
loss to the Detroit Pistons. The performance was especially impressive
considering it came against Dennis Rodman, one of the best defenders
in the league. The tough, defense-minded Pistons would eventually win
the NBA championship later that season. Roberts was released by the
Bucks when his contract expired after the 1992-93 NBA season. He
played one season of basketball in
Spain after his contract was not
After his second stint in Europe, he played for the
Chicago Rockers of
Basketball Association. He then signed a 10-day
contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was immediately put to work
due to starting power forward
Tyrone Hill going down with an ankle
injury. Once Hill returned though, Roberts stopped seeing playing
time, but considered his stint with the Cavs as a stepping stone.
He then signed with the
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers for the 1995-96 season,
playing only 33 games. Coinciding with Earvin Johnson's "comeback"
year, Roberts became the only player in NBA history to be a teammate
of both Johnson and Larry Bird. The following year, he signed a
one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but was released
almost immediately after
Don Nelson became General Manager.
After his basketball career, Roberts became an educator in Utah. He
worked as a principal for five years, then began teaching sixth grade
Fred Roberts Second Round 27th Overall". Retrieved
^ "USA Basketball:FIRST JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1979". Archived
from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
^ a b "Nets Trade History". Retrieved 2007-01-11.
^ "1982 NBA Transactions". Archived from the original on May 28, 2006.
^ "Celtics' Offer Matched". The New York Times. 1986-09-26. Retrieved
^ "Lakers Waive Lucas". The New York Times. 1986-09-27. Retrieved
^ Braun, Rick (1995-03-04). "Roberts answers call". Milwaukee
Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
^ "Roberts back in NBA but longs for Milwaukee". Retrieved
2007-01-10. [dead link]
^ "NBA Notes". Retrieved 2007-01-10. [dead link]
^ "Mavs History". Archived from the original on 2010-12-03. Retrieved
^ Staying Power – The
Fred Roberts Interview Archived 2012-11-13 at
the Wayback Machine.
Utah Jazz star
Fred Roberts keeps points up in the classroom
Fred Roberts' BYU and NBA statistics at Databasebasketball
Milwaukee Bucks Media Guide 2010-11
Fred Roberts at BYUCougars.com
1982 NBA Draft