Anthony Roberts (basketball)

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Anthony Roberts
Personal information
Born(1955-04-15)April 15, 1955
Chattanooga, Tennessee
DiedMarch 29, 1997(1997-03-29) (aged 41)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolRiverside (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
CollegeOral Roberts (1973–1977)
NBA draft1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1977–1984
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number21, 20, 30
Career history
19771979Denver Nuggets
1980–1981Washington Bullets
1981–1982Atlantic City Hi-Rollers
1982–1984Wyoming Wildcatters
1984Denver Nuggets
Career NBA statistics
Points1,658 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds837 (3.9 rpg)
Assists265 (1.2 apg)
Stats at

Anthony Jerome Roberts (April 15, 1955 – March 29, 1997) was an American professional basketball player 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]


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]


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Anthony Roberts". 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". 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". Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.

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