Fred Roberts (born August 14, 1960 in Provo Utah) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on October 3 1996.
Roberts played his college ball at Brigham Young where, as a freshman, he made an immediate impact with a 14.3 points per game average. After the season he was a member of the 1979 USA Junior World Championship team that went 8-0.
As a junior he enjoyed the highest scoring average of his college career averaging 18.8 ppg and being named to the Western Athletic Conference's all-first team. Although his scoring dipped to 15.5 ppg during his senior year he again enjoyed the WAC's all-first team honors. Today, Roberts still ranks fifth in points (1,841), fifth in rebounds (838) and tenth in field goal percentage (.546) in the BYU record books.
Drafted in the second round of the 1982 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Roberts elected to play his first professional season in the Italian League. By the end of the season the Bucks had sent his rights to New Jersey who then included the 6'10 forward in one of the more bizarre trades in the history of the NBA. On June 7, 1983 he was sent by the Nets, along with other players, to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for their coach, Stan Albeck.
He appeared in 79 games in 1983-1984 for San Antonio and made in impact with a 7.3 ppg average. Although he began the next season in San Antonio, a trade to Utah began his journey through the NBA which would see him appear with nine different teams before the end of his career.
Following his time in Utah, Roberts had two seasons in Boston before joining the Milwaukee Bucks where he posted the best numbers of his NBA career. His most successful seasons were in 1989-90 and 1990-91 where he appeared in all 82 of the Bucks's games both years and had scoring averages of 10.5 and 10.8 points per game.
After the 1992-1993 year he spent a season in Spain before returning to the NBA with portions of seasons with Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Mavericks. His season in Dallas (1996-1997) would prove to be the last of his career. He appeared in 12 games that season averaging 1.8 ppg and 0.8 rpg before being waived on February 14.
Today, Roberts is a sixth grade teacher in Pleasant Grove, Utah.