The Info List - Fred Roberts

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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 4 References 5 External links

College career[edit] 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.[1] His playing ability along with Danny Ainge
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
James Worthy
and leading the USA to an undefeated 8-0 record.[2] Professional career[edit] He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks
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,[3] 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.[3] Afterwards, he played his first full NBA season with the Spurs. He played just over a season with San Antonio before being traded to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
for two second-round draft picks.[4] In September 1986, the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
offered him a two-year deal worth $315,000, which the Jazz matched.[5] Almost immediately after matching the offer, the Jazz traded him to Boston for a future draft pick.[6] He played two seasons for the Celtics, appearing in the 1987 NBA Finals, before being chosen by the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the 1988 NBA expansion draft. However, Roberts was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
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 forward 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 renewed. After his second stint in Europe, he played for the Chicago Rockers
Chicago Rockers
of the Continental 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.[7] Once Hill returned though, Roberts stopped seeing playing time, but considered his stint with the Cavs as a stepping stone.[8] 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,[9] but was released almost immediately after Don Nelson
Don Nelson
became General Manager.[10] Later work[edit] After his basketball career, Roberts became an educator in Utah. He worked as a principal for five years, then began teaching sixth grade in 2007.[11][12] References[edit]

^ " Fred Roberts Second Round 27th Overall". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  ^ "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. Retrieved 2007-01-10.  ^ "Celtics' Offer Matched". The New York Times. 1986-09-26. Retrieved 2007-01-10.  ^ "Lakers Waive Lucas". The New York Times. 1986-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-10.  ^ 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 2007-01-10.  ^ Staying Power – The Fred Roberts Interview Archived 2012-11-13 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Former Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
star Fred Roberts keeps points up in the classroom

External links[edit]

Fred Roberts' BYU and NBA statistics at Databasebasketball Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Media Guide 2010-11 Fred Roberts at BYUCougars.com

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1982 NBA Draft

First round

James Worthy Terry Cummings Dominique Wilkins Bill Garnett LaSalle Thompson Trent Tucker Quintin Dailey Clark Kellogg Cliff Levingston Keith Edmonson Fat Lever John Bagley Sleepy Floyd Lester Conner David Thirdkill Terry Teagle Brook Steppe Ricky Pierce Rob Williams Paul Pressey Eddie Phillips Mark McNamara Darren Tillis

Second round

Oliver Robinson Bryan Warrick Ricky Frazier Fred Roberts Dave Magley Scott Hastings Wallace Bryant Rod Higgins Richard Anderson Linton Townes Vince Taylor Derek Smith Mitchell Anderson Audie Norris Wayne Sappleton Kevin Magee Guy Morgan Dwight Anderson Jeff Taylor Jose Slaughter Mike Gibson Russ Scho