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Fred Roberts
Power forward
Born August 14, 1960 (1960-08-14) (age 49)
Provo, Utah
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
High school Bingham High School, Utah
College Brigham Young
Draft 27th overall, 1982
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1982–1997
Former teams San Antonio Spurs (1983-1984)
Utah Jazz (1984-1986)
Boston Celtics (1986-1988)
Milwaukee Bucks (1988-1993)
FC Barcelona (1993-1994)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1995)
Los Angeles Lakers (1995-1996)
Dallas Mavericks (1996-1997)

Frederick (Fred) Clark Roberts (born August 14, 1960, in Provo, Utah) 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

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

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. During this time, 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 there 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 choice.[6] He played two seasons for the Celtics 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 PPG mark and playing more minutes than he had been. 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 that, 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 foot in the door for next season.[8] He then signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers for a year. He then signed a one-year contract and played 12 games for the Dallas Mavericks in 1996-97,[9] but was released almost immediately after Don Nelson became General Manager.[10]

Teaching career

Roberts was a principal at American Heritage private school from 2001-2006. Now he is teaching 6th grade at Lincoln Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah[11].


  1. ^ "Fred Roberts Second Round 27th Overall". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  2. ^ "USA Basketball:FIRST JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1979". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  3. ^ a b "Nets Trade History". Retrieved 2007-01-11.  
  4. ^ "1982 NBA Transactions". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  5. ^ "Celtics' Offer Matched". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  6. ^ "Lakers Waive Lucas". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  7. ^ "Roberts answers call". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  8. ^ "Roberts back in NBA but longs for Milwaukee". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  9. ^ "NBA Notes". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  10. ^ "Mavs History". Retrieved 2007-01-10.  
  11. ^ from Mr. Roberts

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