Lawrence Roberts (basketball)

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Lawrence Roberts
Lawrence Roberts Partizan.jpg
Roberts playing a Euroleague game for Partizan versus Efes in December 2009.
No. 8 – Darüşşafaka
Position Power forward
League Turkish Basketball Second League
Personal information
Born (1982-10-20) October 20, 1982 (age 31)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Lamar (Houston, Texas)
College Baylor (2001–2003)
Mississippi State (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2007 Memphis Grizzlies
2006 Arkansas RimRockers (D-League)
2007 Olympiacos (Greece)
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 Second League. Roberts plays at the power forward position.

College[edit]

Roberts attended Baylor University for two seasons, where he made the Big 12 All-Freshman Team,[1] 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,[2] 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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

NBA[edit]

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.

Europe[edit]

After two seasons with the Grizzlies, in July 2007, Roberts moved to Europe and signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on a two-year deal.[4] However, in October 2007, he was released from his contract before the season started.[5]

Without a club and not playing competitive basketball for several months, Roberts was signed by Serbian team KK Crvena zvezda on September 17, 2008, to a one-year contract.[6]

On September 25, 2009, Roberts was signed to the Indiana Pacers training camp roster, but got released less than a month later on October 19, 2009.[7]

Two days later, October 21, 2009, Roberts signed a one-year contract with KK Partizan.[8] 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.

In July 2010, Roberts signed with the Turkish team Efes Pilsen.[9]

On July 12, 2011, Roberts signed with BC Lietuvos rytas.[10]

In July 2012, he signed with Bayern Munich.[11][12] In October 2013, he signed with Darüşşafaka S.K..[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Memphis 33 0 5.5 .455 .000 .478 1.5 .2 .2 .1 1.5
2006–07 Memphis 54 18 17.9 .452 .000 .725 4.8 .6 .7 .2 5.2
Career 87 18 13.2 .452 .000 .688 3.6 .4 .5 .2 3.8

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Partizan Belgrade 21 21 32.2 .335 .319 .658 7.4 2.3 1.1 .3 9.0 10.0
2010–11 Efes Pilsen 16 3 20.9 .435 .379 .594 5.1 .8 .9 .6 6.5 7.5
Career 37 24 27.3 .368 .337 .640 6.4 1.6 1.0 .5 7.9 8.9

Personal[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's Basketball Coaches' All-Big 12 Team Announced for 2001-02". big12sports.com. March 6, 2002. 
  2. ^ "Roberts, Childress, Gomes round out top five". sports.espn.go.com. March 24, 2004. 
  3. ^ "All-American finishes with 18 pts., 12 assists, 11 boards". scores.espn.go.com. November 21, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Reds add Vasiliadis, Roberts, Mavrokefalidis". euroleague.net. July 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Olympiacos: Roberts released, Vassiliadis hurt". euroleague.net. October 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Red Star inks forward Lawrence Roberts". eurocupbasketball.com. September 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Pacers release 3 players in roster trim". indystar.com. October 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Partizan signs big man Lawrence Roberts". euroleague.net. October 21, 2009. 
  9. ^ "EFES PILSEN nabs rebounds ace Roberts". euroleague.net. July 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lietuvos Rytas lands Roberts". euroleague.net. July 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bayern Munich officially tabs Lawrence Roberts". Sportando. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bayern Munich set to announce Lawrence Roberts". Sportando. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lawrence Roberts signs with Darusaffaka Dogus of TB2L". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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