College - Alabama
T.R. Dunn begins his third season on the Houston Rockets coaching staff after three campaigns as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. His first two seasons in Sacramento came as a member of Rick Adelman’s staff.
Prior to joining the Kings, Dunn spent two seasons (2002-04) as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. In 2001-02, Dunn worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. Prior to that, he coached in the WNBA for the Charlotte Sting, serving as head coach in 2000 and as an assistant coach during the 1999 season. Dunn also served a prior stint as an assistant for the Nuggets in 1997-98 and was an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets from 1991-97.
During his 14-year NBA playing career, Dunn was regarded as one of the premiere defensive players of his time. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team three times (1983-85) and was considered one of the top rebounding guards in the NBA throughout his career. He missed just six games due to injury over a 10-year span (1978-88), finishing with career averages of 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 993 regular season games. Drafted by Portland with the 41st overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft, Dunn spent his first three campaigns with the Trail Blazers before being traded to Denver. He also played one season with the Phoenix Suns (1988-89) before returning to the Nuggets for his final two years.
In 10 seasons as a member of the Nuggets (1980-88 and 1989-91), Dunn scored 3,585 points and became a mainstay in the franchise’s record books. He still ranks second all-time in steals (1,070), fourth in games played (734) and fourth in minutes played (18,322). In the playoffs, Dunn recorded 238 career points for the Nuggets and tied for the most steals in a single game (7 vs. Portland on 4/20/86). Dunn still ranks first in steals (83), second in games played (58), second in offensive rebounds (119) and fourth in total rebounds (287) in Denver’s postseason history.
A four-year letterman at Alabama from 1973-77, Dunn finished his collegiate career with a scoring average of 11.2 points per game. Theodore Roosevelt Dunn and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Schmohn and Keenan.