NBA Hoops: Jason Terry
One of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest basketball exports is now a reigning NBA champion. At age 34, Jason Terry finally won it all with the Dallas Mavericks. His greatest success came from the lone star state – but his roots run deep in Washington.
A Winner Everywhere He Goes
Terry was born and raised in Seattle alongside nine siblings. He was a basketball standout from a young age; his number is retired at Franklin High school.
The 6’2” guard stayed west but went south for his outstanding college basketball career. Attending the University of Arizona, he won a national championship in 1997.
In his final college season, Terry was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a Consensus NCAA All-American First Teamer.
Naturally, Terry’s standout play at Arizona shot him up the NBA draft board. The Atlanta Hawks chose him 10th overall in 1999. After a solid first couple of seasons, he broke out in 2000-01, averaging 19.7 points per game while leading the team in assists and steals.
Terry was traded to the Dallas Mavericks before the start of the 2004-05 season. He had a somewhat quiet start to his Mavericks career, averaging just 12.4 points, but Dallas stuck with him. The Mavs signed Terry to a six-year contract extension after he spent less than a day on the open market. The move turned out to be a great one for Dallas.
Terry was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1999 after averaging 19.6 points off the bench.
He was also instrumental in the Mavs’ championship run this past spring. He shot a ridiculous .442 from three-point range over 21 games and tied a playoff single-game record with nine three-balls against the Lakers.
Terry vows to be an assistant coach with his old college, Arizona, some day.
But he hasn’t forgotten his roots; Seattle’s area code, 206, is proudly tattooed on his chest.
He’ll never forget the Northwest, nor will it ever forget him.