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Lawrence Roberts
Position Power forward
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg)
League Serbian League
Adriatic League
Team Partizan Belgrade
Number 4
Born October 20, 1982 (1982-10-20) (age 27)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
High school Lamar
College Mississippi State
Draft 2nd round, 55th overall, 2005
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Memphis Grizzlies (2005–2007)
Olympiacos (2007)
Red Star Belgrade (2008–2009)
Awards Big 12 Freshman of the Year
2003–04 SEC Player of the Year
First-Team All-American

Lawrence Edward Roberts III (born October 20, 1982) is a American professional basketball player. He currently plays with the pro club Partizan Belgrade.

Roberts played for two years as a power forward for Lamar High School[1], alongside Emeka Okafor of Bellaire High School.

Roberts attended Baylor University for two seasons, where he was Big 12 freshman of the year, 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 2003–04, leading Mississippi State to its first top-ten national ranking and 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 in 2003–04[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 11.0 rebounds. He recorded the first triple-double in Mississippi State history against Nicholls State University with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists, whilst wearing an irritating translucent plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.[3][4] He 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.[5]

After two seasons with the Grizzlies, in July 2007, he moved to Europe and signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on a two-year deal,[6] but was released from his contract 3 months later.[7]

On September 18, 2008, Roberts was signed by Serbian club Red Star Belgrade for a one-year contract.[8] On September 25, 2009, Roberts was signed to the Indiana Pacers training camp roster. He was released On October 19, 2009.[9]

On October 21, 2009, Roberts signed a contract with Partizan Belgrade.

Roberts is the nephew of former sportscaster Robin Roberts of Good Morning America fame.


NBA career statistics

  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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2005–06 Memphis 33 0 5.5 .455 .000 .478 1.5 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.5
2006–07 Memphis 54 18 17.9 .452 .000 .725 4.8 0.6 0.7 0.2 5.2
Career 87 18 13.2 .452 .000 .688 3.6 0.4 0.5 0.1 3.8


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Preceded by
AP: Ron Slay
Coaches: Keith Bogans
SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Brandon Bass


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