We Like Obscure NBA Players: Scott Roth

Position: Forward ? Height: 6-8 ? Weight: 212 lbs.
Born: June 3, 1963 (Age 48) in Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Brecksville in Brecksville, Ohio
College: University of Wisconsin
Draft: San Antonio Spurs, 4th round (12th pick, 82nd overall), 1985 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: March 1, 1988

We like obscure NBA players here and we love it when they remain connected to basketball. Scott Roth has been around basketball for quite some time and his name is still heard since he is in the coaching scene. He only played 160 games in the NBA but his story is an interesting one. Let's take a look back at his career.

Roth attended the University of Wisconsin and played his college ball there. In the process he became one of the school's most prolific scorers, scoring 1156 total points and was appointed team captain from 1983-1985. He entered the 1985 NBA draft and was the 82nd overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs.

However, he didn't end up suiting up for the Spurs that season and took his game Internationally to Turkey and returned to the states to play in the CBA.

In February of 1988, he would sign as a free agent with the Utah Jazz. He played solid minutes off the bench and even scored 12 points in 9 minutes in a win against the Dallas Mavericks in March of that year.

He was even a part of this blooper from the video Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers; an unfortunate goal on his own basket:

Roth continued to be in the rotation and checked into 6 playoff games for the Jazz that season. He was retained for the following season but released in December of 1988. He found himself back with a familiar franchise, the San Antonio Spurs, the team that drafted him, on a 10-day contract and ended up staying on for the remainder of the season.

In 1989, he was drafted by the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in the expansion draft and would play for them in their inaugural season. He checked into 71 games, starting in 3 of them and averaged 6.8 points per game. Those 71 games however, would be his final in the NBA as he would be released by the Wolves in the offseason.

He returned overseas to play in Greece, Spain and Turkey before pursuing a coaching and scouting career. Over the next few years, he would work as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks (1996-2000), Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies (2000-02), and four seasons as scout and advisor for the Milwaukee Bucks. He also spent time as an assistant coach for the Turkish and Dominican Republic National taems.

A great opportunity came along for Roth as he was named the head coach of the Development League's Bakersfield Jam in 2008, midway through the season.

“I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and get started taking this team in the right direction. This league is about knowledge of players and developing them to get to the next level, and I’m confident my experience in both areas will be a tremendous asset to the Jam organization.”

The team would go on to post a 34-46 record and make the playoffs for the first time.

He made his way back to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors following his time with the Jam and was apparently on the radar for an assistant position on Mike Brown's coaching staff for the Lakers. Teams have been impressed with his work with developing big men, which include Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki.

We're pleased to hear that Scott Roth has been successful after his basketball playing days. He has even given podcasting a try, something we here at The No-Look Pass are very familiar with. We wish him continued success as well.

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