Fred Roberts

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Fred Roberts
Personal information
Born (1960-08-14) August 14, 1960 (age 54)
Provo, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Bingham (West Jordan, Utah)
College BYU (1978–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1982–1997
Position Power forward
Career history
1982–1983 Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
1983–1984 San Antonio Spurs
1984–1986 Utah Jazz
1986–1988 Boston Celtics
1988–1993 Milwaukee Bucks
1993–1994 FC Barcelona (Spain)
1994–1995 Chicago Rockers (CBA)
1995 Cleveland Cavaliers
1995–1996 Los Angeles Lakers
1996–1997 Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-WAC (1981–1982)

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.

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 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.[2]

Professional career[edit]

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 on November 12, 1982 for Phil Ford and a second-round draft choice,[3] and from there was traded to the 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 for two second-round draft picks.[4] In September 1986, the 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 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. He was released when his contract expired after the 1992-93 NBA season. Roberts played a season of basketball in Spain after his contract was not renewed.

After his second stint in Europe, he played for the 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 for the 1995-96 season, playing only 33 games. The following year, he signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks,[9] but was released almost immediately after 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]


  1. ^ "Fred Roberts Second Round 27th Overall". Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  2. ^ "USA Basketball:FIRST JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1979". Archived from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Nets Trade History". Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  4. ^ "1982 NBA Transactions". Retrieved 2007-01-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Celtics' Offer Matched". The New York Times. 1986-09-26. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Lakers Waive Lucas". The New York Times. 1986-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  7. ^ Braun, Rick (1995-03-04). "Roberts answers call". Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Roberts back in NBA but longs for Milwaukee". Retrieved 2007-01-10. [dead link]
  9. ^ "NBA Notes". Retrieved 2007-01-10. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Mavs History". Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  11. ^ Staying Power – The Fred Roberts Interview
  12. ^ Former Utah Jazz star Fred Roberts keeps points up in the classroom

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