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Jason Terry
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Terry playing for the Celtics in 2012.
Utah Jazz
Position: Assistant coach
League: NBA/NBA G League
Personal information
Full name: Jason Eugene Terry
Born: September 15, 1977 (1977-09-15) (age 46)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1999 for the Atlanta Hawks
Final game: 2018 for the Milwaukee Bucks
Career information
High school: Franklin
(Seattle, Washington)
College: Arizona (19951999)
NBA Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career: 19992018 (19 years)
Coaching career: 2020–present (4 years)
Position: Shooting Guard / Point Guard
Number: 31, 4, 3
Career history
As player:
19992004 Atlanta Hawks
20042012 Dallas Mavericks
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2013–2014 Brooklyn Nets
20142016 Houston Rockets
20162018 Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
2020–2021 Arizona (assistant)
2021–2022 Grand Rapids Gold
2022–present Utah Jazz (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States United States
Goodwill Games
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 2001 Brisbane
NBA.com profile profile (active)

Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 19 seasons in the NBA. He was a Combo Guard and is nicknamed "The Jet". With the Dallas Mavericks, Terry won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2009 and an NBA championship in 2011. As of March 2020, Terry has made the seventh-most three-point field goals in NBA history

Early life[]

Jason was born in Seattle, Washington. He was one of ten children raised by his mother, Andrea Cheatham and his father, Curtis Terry. One of his brothers, Curtis, played college basketball for UNLV as well as professional basketball between 2008 and 2012. On February 2, 2007, Terry's number (31) was retired at Franklin High School. Terry won back-to-back State championships in 1994 and 1995.

College[]

Terry played college basketball for Arizona from 1995 to 1999. As a sophomore on Arizona's NCAA Championship team, Terry made 18 starts and was the Wildcats' fourth-leading scorer at 10.6 points (also averaged 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals). He was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was an All-Conference First Team selection as a senior. He concluded his career at Arizona ranked 12th in points (1,461), 5th in assists (493) and 2nd in three-point field goals (192). Currently, he is the only player in Arizona history to finish with 1,000 career points and 200 career steals. In 1997, Terry won an NCAA Championship with the University of Arizona. His teammates included Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson, and Miles Simon. Terry has announced that he would like to be an assistant coach with his alma mater once he retires from playing in the NBA.

NBA career[]

Atlanta Hawks (1999–2004)[]

Terry was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. That season, on November 16, 1999, Terry recorded 22 points and 5 assists off the bench in what would be among his best games as a rookie, in a 103–98 win against the Charlotte Hornets. On March 6, 2000, Terry recorded a career-high 6 steals, alongside 12 points and 11 assists, in a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.

On December 12, 2000, Terry scored a then career-high 38 points in a 107–99 win against the Sacramento Kings. On December 15, 2000, Terry scored 17 points, recorded 13 assists, and grabbed 8 rebounds in a 85–74 win over the Chicago Bulls. During the 2000–01 season, Terry averaged a team and career-high 19.7 points with 3.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.3 steals. On January 15, 2002, he scored a career-high 46 points against the Dallas Mavericks. On February 28, 2003, he recorded his first career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists against the Chicago Bulls. During the 2002–03 season, Terry was seventh in assists per game, at 7.4.

The Hawks failed to reach the playoffs during Terry's stint in Atlanta. The closest Terry got was in 2003, when despite winning the final eight games of the season, the Hawks finished as the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 35–47 record.

Dallas Mavericks (2004–2012)[]

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Terry with the Mavericks in 2008.

On August 4, 2004, Terry was traded by the Hawks along with Alan Henderson and a future first-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Antoine Walker and Tony Delk. Known by his initials JET, mimicking an airplane with his arms as the wings became part of his persona in Dallas. He quickly emerged as a fan favorite despite arriving as the replacement for Steve Nash after the unpopular decision to let Nash leave in free agency. Terry had a mediocre first few months with the Mavericks, but eventually came into his own, putting up solid numbers and by the end of the season earning his spot as the Mavs' number one guard. In his first season in Dallas, Terry appeared in a team-high 80 games (started 57 of final 58 games) and averaged 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, team-high 5.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in 30.0 minutes per game. He joined Steve Nash as the only other player to shoot at least 50% from the floor, 40% from 3-point range, and 80% from the foul line.

In the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Terry averaged 17.5 points on 51% shooting while hitting 49% from three-point range in his first playoff run. Yet his team failed to advance to the Conference Finals, losing its second-round series 4–2 to the Phoenix Suns. In Game 6 of that series, Terry got in a confrontation with teammate Dirk Nowitzki, who was frustrated by his own erratic play during the playoffs, for committing the crucial error of backing off of Nash in the final seconds of regulation with his team up by 3, who subsequently hit the 3-point shot to send the game into overtime resulting eventually in the ousting of the Mavericks from the playoffs.

In 80 games during the 2005–06 season, Terry averaged 17.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, team-high 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. In the final seconds of Game 5 of the semi-finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Terry in closeups was shown punching opposing guard and former teammate Michael Finley in the groin. On May 18, 2006, Terry was suspended without pay from Game 6. Despite losing that game, the Mavericks were able to close out the series in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. During the Finals, Terry had 32 points in 37 minutes in Game 1 against the Miami Heat to become the fifth player to score at least 30 points in his first NBA Finals game, joining Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Tim Duncan, and Allen Iverson. The Mavericks would take a commanding 2-0 lead. However, they would soon collapse, and lose 4 games in a row, as the Heat made a comeback behind the stellar play of Dwyane Wade. In Game 5 of the series, Terry has 35 points. In Game 6, Terry shot 7 for 25 from the field and 2 for 11 from three-point territory as the cold shooting Mavericks were eliminated in 6 games by the Miami Heat.

On July 1, 2006, after spending only 12 hours on the free-agent market, Terry agreed to a 6-year contract to stay with the Mavs.

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Terry with the Mavericks in 2009.

In April 2009, Terry was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in the 2008–09 NBA season, after playing in 74 games and starting in 11 of them, averaging 19.6 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 spg in 33.7 mpg during the season.

In 2010–11, Terry averaged 15.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 31.1 minutes in 82 games (10 starts). He was the only Maverick to appear in all 82 games in 2010–11. On November 6, 2010, he scored 26 points against the Denver Nuggets. He scored 23 of his 26 points in the 1st half, the most he's recorded in the first half of a game in his career (previous high 22, against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 7, 2007). In the West Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points in Game 4. His 9 3-pointers tied an NBA playoff record held by Rex Chapman, who set it in April 1997 with the Phoenix Suns. It was surpassed by Klay Thompson (11) in 2016 and Damian Lillard (12, 2OT) in 2021. As of 2022, it still stood as the most by a reserve in a playoff game. The Mavericks went on to advance to the NBA Finals for just the second time in franchise history. In the Finals, against the Miami Heat, Terry averaged 18.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 32.5 minutes over the six games. He recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in 30 minutes in Game 5 to become the first sub to record at least 20 points and 5 assists in a Finals game since Michael Cooper in 1987. Terry had a game-high 27 points in 34 minutes in the series-clinching Game 6 to claim his first NBA Championship.

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Terry averaged 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 37.8% from three-point territory. He finished second in the league with 138 made three-pointers and was third in the NBA in three-point field goal attempts (365). He concluded his time in Dallas with the fourth-most three-point shots in NBA history with 1,788, trailing only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and teammate Jason Kidd.

Boston Celtics (2012–2013)[]

On July 18, 2012, Terry signed a three-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth an estimated $15 million. He couldn't keep his number (#31), as it was a retired number of Cedric Maxwell, so he decided to choose to wear (#4). He played 79 games and starting in 24 of them, averaging 10.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 rpg, in 26.9 mpg during his only season with the Celtics. He recorded his first double-double as a Celtic with 17 points and season-high 11 assists to go along with three steals against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 1, 2012. He scored a season-high 26 points against the Denver Nuggets on February 10, 2013. The Celtics finished 41-40, with one game against the Indiana Pacers not played because of the Boston Marathon bombings, and clinched the 7th seed of the Eastern Conference to make the playoffs. The Celtics met up the New York Knicks in the opening round of the playoffs. On Game 3, Terry was elbowed by J.R. Smith, who was later suspended from Game 4. The Celtics lost the series in six games.

Brooklyn Nets (2013–2014)[]

On June 28, 2013, the day of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets reached a deal to trade Terry, Paul Pierce, D.J. White, and Kevin Garnett for future first-round picks in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 drafts and Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans. The deal was finally completed on July 12, 2013.

On February 19, 2014, Terry was traded, along with Reggie Evans, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Marcus Thornton. It was later announced that due to a lingering knee injury, Terry wouldn't join the team in 2013–14; instead he rehabilitated the injury in Dallas to prepare for 2014–15. He did not appear in a game for the Kings during his time with the organization.

Houston Rockets (2014–2016)[]

On September 17, 2014, Terry was traded, along with two future second-round picks, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson. On December 22, 2014, in a 110–95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Terry hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to become the third player in NBA history to make 2,000 three-pointers, joining Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. On August 24, 2015, Terry re-signed with the Rockets. In July 2016, he parted ways with the Rockets.

Milwaukee Bucks (2016–2018)[]

On August 22, 2016, Terry signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 24, 2017, in Milwaukee's 109–95 loss to the Utah Jazz, Terry became the oldest player to play for the Bucks, at 39 years, 162 days, passing Dale Ellis (39 years, 155 days). On April 10, 2017, he had season highs of 15 points and five 3-pointers in an 89–79 win over the Charlotte Hornets. That was the only time in 74 games in 2016–17 that he finished with 10 points or more.

On September 18, 2017, Terry re-signed with the Bucks. On December 5, 2017, he was ruled out for two or more weeks after suffering a left calf strain the previous night against the Boston Celtics. On January 28, 2018, he scored a season-high 12 points in a 110–96 win over the Chicago Bulls. Terry hadn't scored in double figures since his 15-point outing against Charlotte on April 10, 2017. On February 10, 2018, he came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Bucks' 111–104 victory over the Orlando Magic. On February 23, 2018, he had a 14-point effort in a 122–119 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. On March 2, 2018, in a 103–96 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Terry made his first start since January 22, 2016, with Houston. He blocked three shots for the first time since December 22, 2010, with Dallas against Philadelphia.

NBA career statistics[]

Legend
  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
 †  Won an NBA championship

Regular season[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Atlanta 81 27 23.3 .415 .293 .807 2.0 4.3 1.1 .1 8.1
2000–01 Atlanta 82 77 37.7 .436 .395 .846 3.3 4.9 1.3 .1 19.7
2001–02 Atlanta 78 78 38.0 .430 .387 .835 3.5 5.7 1.8 .2 19.3
2002–03 Atlanta 81 81 38.0 .428 .371 .887 3.4 7.4 1.6 .2 17.2
2003–04 Atlanta 81 78 37.3 .417 .347 .827 4.1 5.4 1.5 .2 16.8
2004–05 Dallas 80 57 30.0 .501 .420 .844 2.4 5.4 1.4 .2 12.4
2005–06 Dallas 80 80 35.0 .470 .411 .800 2.0 3.8 1.3 .3 17.1
2006–07 Dallas 81 80 35.1 .484 .438 .804 2.9 5.2 1.0 .2 16.7
2007–08 Dallas 82 34 31.5 .467 .375 .857 2.5 3.2 1.1 .2 15.5
2008–09 Dallas 74 11 33.7 .463 .366 .880 2.4 3.4 1.3 .3 19.6
2009–10 Dallas 77 12 33.0 .438 .365 .866 1.8 3.8 1.2 .2 16.6
2010–11 Dallas 82 10 31.3 .451 .362 .850 1.9 4.1 1.1 .2 15.8
2011–12 Dallas 63 1 31.7 .430 .378 .883 2.4 3.6 1.2 .2 15.1
2012–13 Boston 79 24 26.9 .434 .372 .870 2.0 2.5 .8 .1 10.1
2013–14 Brooklyn 35 0 16.3 .362 .379 .667 1.1 1.6 .4 .0 4.5
2014–15 Houston 77 18 21.3 .422 .390 .813 1.6 1.9 .9 .2 7.0
2015–16 Houston 72 7 17.5 .402 .356 .818 1.1 1.4 .7 .1 5.9
2016–17 Milwaukee 74 0 18.4 .432 .427 .828 1.4 1.3 .6 .3 4.1
2017–18 Milwaukee 51 4 16.0 .383 .348 .889 .9 1.2 .8 .3 3.3
Career 1,410 679 29.8 .444 .380 .845 2.3 3.8 1.1 .2 13.4

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Dallas 13 13 38.5 .506 .491 .884 4.2 4.6 1.3 .5 17.5
2006 Dallas 22 22 38.4 .442 .307 .831 2.9 3.8 1.2 .0 18.9
2007 Dallas 6 6 38.2 .424 .281 .833 2.3 3.7 .8 .3 17.0
2008 Dallas 5 3 36.0 .433 .438 .867 1.6 4.8 .4 .2 15.8
2009 Dallas 10 1 32.5 .389 .373 .767 2.8 1.9 .6 .3 14.3
2010 Dallas 6 0 29.0 .377 .400 .750 2.5 2.0 .7 .2 12.7
2011 Dallas 21 0 32.6 .478 .442 .843 1.9 3.2 1.2 .1 17.5
2012 Dallas 4 1 34.8 .455 .500 .625 2.3 3.8 .3 .0 13.8
2013 Boston 6 1 31.5 .444 .441 .818 2.2 2.0 .7 .3 12.0
2015 Houston 17 17 28.6 .425 .354 .813 2.2 2.8 .9 .1 9.2
2016 Houston 5 0 24.8 .342 .316 1.000 2.2 1.2 .4 .2 7.0
2017 Milwaukee 6 0 11.3 .333 .200 1.000 1.3 .8 .5 .2 2.5
2018 Milwaukee 3 0 14.7 .400 .400 1.0 .7 .3 .0 2.0
Career 124 64 32.2 .441 .385 .829 2.5 3.0 .9 .2 14.1

College[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Arizona 31 0 9.8 .542 .577 .593 .7 1.1 .6 .0 3.1
1996–97 Arizona 34 18 30.5 .443 .331 .713 2.7 4.4 2.5 .1 10.6
1997–98 Arizona 35 0 22.8 .422 .347 .827 2.4 4.3 1.7 .2 10.6
1998–99 Arizona 29 29 38.2 .443 .398 .839 3.3 5.5 2.8 .2 21.9
Career 129 47 25.1 .443 .374 .784 2.3 3.8 1.9 .1 11.3

National team career[]

Terry was a member of the United States squad that competed in the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.

Post-playing career[]

In September 2019, Terry was appointed assistant general manager of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, ending his 19-year playing career. In May 2020, Terry was appointed an assistant coach for the Arizona Wildcats. After one season in Arizona, he returned to the G League as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Gold, the new affiliate of the Denver Nuggets. In July 2022, he would join the coaching staff of the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach under new head coach Will Hardy.

Player profile[]

An elite shooter, Terry has made the seventh-most career three-pointers in NBA history. He frequently pulled up for midrange jump shots off the dribble, and during his time in Dallas, Terry relished the role of fourth-quarter specialist.

Personal life[]

Terry and his wife, Johnyika, have four daughters; Jasionna, Jalayah, Jaida, and Jasa Azuré. His younger sister, Lyric, used to live with them in Dallas.

His cousin is Ron Milus, a secondary coach in the NFL. Terry has the number 206 tattooed on his chest, the area code of Seattle, his hometown. He also has a tattoo of Underdog. Before the 2010–2011 season, he tattooed the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy on his inner biceps and was vindicated as the Mavericks won the championship. Before the 2012–2013 season, he tattooed the Boston Celtics logo with the NBA championship trophy onto his arm. He also got a tattoo related to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, though it did not reference a championship trophy.

Terry is the cousin of fellow NBA player Martell Webster.

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