Former Arizona Wildcats guard Jason Terry recently mentioned that he wanted to get into coaching, but it appears his career will take a slightly different turn for now. On Tuesday, it was announced that Terry is now the assistant manager of the Texas Legends, which is the G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
“It’s great to begin my front office career here,” Terry said in a statement. “The Dallas area has been home to me and my family for many years and the Mavericks franchise has always been family. To get to work with this organization in this capacity is exciting. I look forward to getting started.”
Terry remains a fan favorite with the Wildcats from his successful career at Arizona and what he was able to accomplish as part of Arizona’s only title team.
Terry played college basketball for Arizona from 1995 to 1999. As a sophomore on that championship team, Terry made 18 starts and was the Wildcats’ fourth-leading scorer at 10.6 points while also averaging 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals.
Terry was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and was an All-Conference First Team selection as a senior. He finished his career at Arizona ranked 12th in points (1,461), 5th in assists (493) and 2nd in 3-point field goals (192).
As it currently stands, Terry is the only player in Arizona history to finish with 1,000 career points and 200 career steals.
Terry is most known for his NBA stint in Dallas as he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the 2008–09 season. A sixth man in 63 of 74 games played in 2008–09, Terry averaged 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.6 minutes.
He shot .463 from the field, .366 from beyond the three-point line and .880 from the free throw line. In addition, Terry ranked 10th in three-pointers made (167), 11th in free throw percentage, 17th in steals, and tied for 22nd in scoring average.
One year later, 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 and the Mavericks went on to advance to the NBA Finals for just the second time in franchise history.
In the 2011 NBA 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 1987. Terry had a game-high 27 points in 34 minutes in the series-clinching Game 6 to claim his first NBA Championship.