Anthony Roberts (basketball)

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Anthony Roberts
No. 21, 20, 30
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1955-04-15)April 15, 1955
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died March 29, 1997(1997-03-29) (aged 41)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Riverside (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
College Oral Roberts (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro career 1977–1984
Career history
19771979 Denver Nuggets
1980–1981 Washington Bullets
1981–1982 Atlantic City Hi-Rollers (CBA)
1982–1984 Wyoming Wildcatters (CBA)
1984 Denver Nuggets
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,658 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds 837 (3.9 rpg)
Assists 265 (1.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Anthony Jerome Roberts (April 15, 1955 – March 29, 1997) was an American professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] He was selected in the first round as the 21st pick in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Nuggets and spent five seasons playing the NBA.[1]

Anthony Roberts was shot and killed while arguing with two men in the parking lot outside his apartment complex on March 29, 1997. He was 41 at the time.[2]

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1] He attended Riverside High School in his hometown.

Basketball career[edit]

College[edit]

Anthony Roberts attended Oral Roberts University (ORU) from 1973–74 to 1976–77.[3] During his four-year career, he averaged 21.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, including a senior season in which he averaged 34.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.[3] He is only one of two players in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I history, along with Hall of Famer Pete Maravich, to score 60 or more points in a single game versus a Division I opponent more than once.[4] Roberts scored 66 points on February 19, 1977 against North Carolina A&T and 65 against Oregon on March 9, 1977.[4] His total against Oregon came in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), setting the still-standing tournament record.[3]

In 108 career games, Roberts made 1,006 of 2,007 field goal attempts while finishing with 2,341 points and exactly 800 rebounds.[1] He earned honorable mention All-American honors for his final three years as a Titan.[1] Later on, Roberts would become enshrined in the ORU athletics hall of fame as a member of their inaugural class.[3]

Professional[edit]

On June 10, 1977, Roberts was selected in the first round of that year's NBA Draft.[5] The Denver Nuggets selected him with the 21st overall pick.[5]

He spent his first three NBA seasons with Denver.[1] He was eventually waived by the Nuggets and then signed by the Washington Bullets for the 1980–81 season.[1] On September 2, 1981, the Bullets also waived Roberts, and he would not re-join another NBA team until February 16, 1984 when the Nuggets signed him to a 10-day contract.[1] Nine days later he was signed for the rest of the season, where he would finish out his NBA career. The Nuggets waived him once again on July 25, 1984, and no other NBA team ever signed him. For his NBA career, Roberts scored 1,658 points, grabbed 837 rebounds and recorded 265 assists in 213 games.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Anthony Roberts". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Brown, Mike (23 February 2011). "ORU great Roberts Remembered". Tulsa World. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "ORU Hall of Fame". ORUGoldenEagles.com. Oral Roberts University. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "1977 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 

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