May 22, 2006
SEATTLE - Former University of Washington men's basketball standout Detlef Schrempf was re-signed by the Seattle SuperSonics as an assistant coach, General Manager Rick Sund announced on May 19.
"Detlef has been a tremendous asset to our coaching staff over the last season," said Sund. "I'm extremely pleased he's back with us and I know he'll be a great benefit to our head coach Bob Hill and the rest of the organization."
Schrempf, a former Sonics player, enjoyed a 16-year NBA career and was twice named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year (1991 and 1992). He was also selected to the NBA All-Star Game three times (1993, 1995 and 1997).
"I'm grateful for the opportunity Coach Hill and the Sonics gave me this past season and I'm excited about our team's future," said Schrempf, who initially joined Hill's staff as a part-time assistant coach on Jan. 20 of this year. "The Sonics franchise and our great community have always been very special to me."
A four-year letter winner at Washington, Schrempf ranks 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,449 career points. He also ranks 11th among all-time Huskies in career assists with 284.
A two-time All-Pac-10 selection in 1984 and 1985, Schrempf was voted to Washington's 10-man All-Century team in 2002. He led the Huskies to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 1984-85, helping UW tie for the Pac-10 championship both of those seasons.
Originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round (eighth pick overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft, Schrempf tallied 15,761 points and 7,023 rebounds in 1,136 career games while playing with four teams (Dallas, Indiana, Seattle and Portland). Following three-and-a-half years in Dallas, he was traded to Indiana, where he later played for then-Pacers head coach Hill from 1991 through 1993.
Schrempf became a member of the Sonics roster on Nov. 1, 1993 when he was acquired by Seattle from Indiana for Sonics Derrick McKey and Gerald Paddio. The 6-10 forward played in 415 games over six seasons in a Sonics uniform, scored 6,870 points, grabbed 2,608 rebounds and dished out 1,652 assists (ninth on Seattle's all-time assists list).
Schrempf's best statistical year in a Sonics uniform was 1994-95 when he averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. During that season, he connected on 52.3 percent of his shots from the field (521-997) and ranked second in the NBA in three-point shooting (93-181, .514). The mark remains a Sonics franchise record. Schrempf finished his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2000-01 season.
"Having coached Detlef for a number of years as a player, I knew he had the capability to coach," said Hill. "I'm confident in his coaching skills and look forward to him being a part of the staff."
Text courtesy of Seattle Sonics