Friday, April 15, 2011
Happy B-DAY: Anthony Roberts
Anthony Jerome Roberts (April 15, 1954 – March 29, 1997) was an American professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets and Washington Bullets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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
Anthony Roberts attended Oral Roberts University (ORU) from 1973–74 to 1976–77. 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. 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.
Roberts scored 66 points on February 19, 1977 against North Carolina A&T and 65 against Oregon on March 9, 1977.His total against Oregon came in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), setting the still-standing tournament record. In 108 career games, Roberts made 1,006 of 2,007 field goal attempts while finishing with 2,341 points and exactly 800 rebounds. He earned honorable mention All-American honors for his final three years as a Titan. Later on, Roberts would become enshrined in the ORU athletics hall of fame as a member of their inaugural class.
On June 10, 1977, Roberts was selected in the first round of that year's NBA Draft. The Denver Nuggets selected him with the 21st overall pick. He spent his first three NBA seasons with Denver while qualifying for the postseason in each of his first two. He was eventually waived by the Nuggets and then signed by the Washington Bullets for the 1980–81 season.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. Nine days later he was signed for the rest of the season, where he would finish out his NBA career.