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Detlef Schrempf
Small forward/power forward
Born January 21, 1963 (1963-01-21) (age 47)
Leverkusen, Federal Republic of Germany
Nationality German/ American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 214 lb (97 kg)
High school Centralia
College Washington
Draft 8th overall, 1985
Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1985–2001
Former teams Dallas Mavericks (1985–1989)
Indiana Pacers (1989–1993)
Seattle SuperSonics (1993–1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (1999–2001)
Awards 3-time NBA All-Star
2-time Sixth Man of the Year
1994-95 Third Team All-NBA
EuroBasket 1985 All-Tournament team

Detlef Schrempf (born January 21, 1963, in Leverkusen, Federal Republic of Germany) is a retired German NBA basketball player.


High school and college career

Schrempf moved to the U.S. his senior year of high school, attending Centralia High School in Centralia, Washington, for one year, leading the Tigers to the state title in his senior year in 1981 by defeating the Blazers of Timberline High School.

He played college basketball at University of Washington, where he was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and The Sporting News All-America Second Team. At college, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and majored in International Business.

NBA career

Originally selected eighth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1985 NBA Draft, Schrempf became a regular after being traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for veteran center Herb Williams. With the Pacers, he won consecutive NBA Sixth Man Awards in 1990 and 1991. He finished second in the NBA with a .478 three-point percentage in 1987, and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup. In the 1992-93 season, he was selected to the first of his three National Basketball Association All-Star Games with the others being in 1995 and 1997. He was the only player in the NBA in 1992-93 to finish in the top 25 in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg) and assists (6.0 apg).[1]

Following the 1992-93 NBA season, Schrempf was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for forward Derrick McKey and guard/forward Gerald Paddio. He ranked second in the NBA in three-point accuracy during the 1994-95 season with a 51.4 three-point field goal percentage. On a Sonics team that also featured Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Sam Perkins, and Hersey Hawkins, Schrempf reached the NBA Finals in 1996, where they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in six games. Schrempf became the first (and one of only two, to date, along with Dirk Nowitzki) German-born NBA player to reach the NBA Finals. While with the Sonics, Schrempf played in his final two NBA All-Star games.

Schrempf was released in 1999 and signed the same day by the Portland Trail Blazers, with whom he played until his retirement from professional basketball in 2001, playing in a total of 1136 regular season games and 114 playoff games. He was the first European player in NBA history to score over 15,000 career points.[citation needed] On January 24, 2006, the Seattle SuperSonics hired Schrempf as an assistant coach under Bob Hill, who coached Schrempf in Indiana.[2]

International career

Schrempf played for the West Germany national team in the 1984 Olympics and the 1983 and 1985 European championships. In 1992, he played for the German Olympic team.

Charitable work

Schrempf established the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in 1996 to benefit local charities. The foundation hosts the Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf Classic at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard, Washington every summer.

TV work

In 2004, Schrempf appeared in a commercial for IBM. He also appeared in two episodes of the German soap opera Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten. Schrempf also had a cameo appearance in the hit television show, Married... with Children.[3]

Personal life

Schrempf is married to Mari Wagner, a former hurdler on the former West German national team. They have two sons, including one named Alex who plays basketball for UCLA.[4]

Pop culture

"Detlef Schrempf" is a song by the musical group Band of Horses.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ricky Pierce
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Succeeded by
Cliff Robinson


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