College - Michigan State
Player Development Coach
Shawn Respert started his first season in 2011 as Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves after serving three seasons in Houston as the Rockets' Director of Player Programs. Respert is responsible for assisting in all of the team's player development initiatives. Previously, he was the Director of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League.
Respert, who spent nearly two years at the D-League offices in New York, also spent two-and-a-half years working in a similar capacity at Rice University as its Director of Basketball Operations.
A former college Player of the Year at Michigan State from 1990-95, Respert was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers with the eighth overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft. After having his draft rights traded to Milwaukee, Respert played a total of four NBA seasons with the Bucks (1995-96, 1996-97), Toronto Raptors (1996-97, 1997-98), Dallas Mavericks (1997-98) and Phoenix Suns (1998-99). Following his NBA career, he went on to play four years in the European Basketball League, including stints with Olympiakos, Milano, Near East, Imola and Stargard.