Lawrence Roberts (basketball)
|No. 8 – Darüşşafaka|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
October 20, 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Lamar (Houston, Texas)|
Mississippi State (2003–2005)
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2006||→ Arkansas RimRockers (D-League)|
|2008–2009||Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)|
|2009–2010||Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)|
|2010–2011||Efes Pilsen (Turkey)|
|2011–2012||Lietuvos rytas (Lithuania)|
|2012–2013||Bayern Munich (Germany)|
|2013–present||Darüşşafaka S.K. (Turkey)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Lawrence Edward Roberts III (born October 20, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Darüşşafaka S.K. of the Turkish Basketball League. Roberts plays at the power forward position.
Roberts attended Baylor University for two seasons, where he made the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, but transferred to Mississippi State University in 2003 following the basketball scandal that rocked Baylor's program that year. He was a first-team All-American and the SEC Player of the Year in 2004, leading Mississippi State to its first top-two seeding in the NCAA tournament. In the 2003–04 season he averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was first-team All-SEC and a first-team All-American, finishing third to Jameer Nelson and Emeka Okafor for national player of the year honors. In the 2004–05 season he averaged 16.9 points and 11 rebounds. He recorded the first triple-double in Mississippi State history against Nicholls State University with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists, while wearing an irritating translucent plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.
Roberts was a second round draft pick (55th overall) of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2005 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for two future second round draft picks and cash considerations. He was signed to a contract on July 10, 2005.
After two seasons with the Grizzlies, in July 2007, Roberts moved to Europe and signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on a two-year deal. However, in October 2007, he was released from his contract before the season started.
Two days later, October 21, 2009, Roberts signed a one-year contract with KK Partizan. With Partizan he won the 2009-10 Serbian National Championship, the 2010 Serbian National Cup, the 2010 Adriatic League and took 4th place at the Euroleague's Final Four in Paris.
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Roberts is the son of Lawrence E. "Butch" Jr., and Cynthia Roberts, nephew of former sportscaster Robin Roberts of Good Morning America fame and grandson of the late Col. Lawrence E. Roberts, Sr and Lucimarian Roberts.
- "Men's Basketball Coaches' All-Big 12 Team Announced for 2001-02". big12sports.com. March 6, 2002.
- "Roberts, Childress, Gomes round out top five". sports.espn.go.com. March 24, 2004.
- "All-American finishes with 18 pts., 12 assists, 11 boards". scores.espn.go.com. November 21, 2004.
- "Reds add Vasiliadis, Roberts, Mavrokefalidis". euroleague.net. July 12, 2007.
- "Olympiacos: Roberts released, Vassiliadis hurt". euroleague.net. October 4, 2007.
- "Red Star inks forward Lawrence Roberts". eurocupbasketball.com. September 17, 2008.
- "Pacers release 3 players in roster trim". indystar.com. October 19, 2009.
- "Partizan signs big man Lawrence Roberts". euroleague.net. October 21, 2009.
- "EFES PILSEN nabs rebounds ace Roberts". euroleague.net. July 28, 2010.
- "Lietuvos Rytas lands Roberts". euroleague.net. July 12, 2011.
- "Bayern Munich officially tabs Lawrence Roberts". Sportando. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- "Bayern Munich set to announce Lawrence Roberts". Sportando. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- "Lawrence Roberts signs with Darusaffaka Dogus of TB2L". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2 October 2013.