College - Clemson '77
"Tree" Rollins brings more than 26 years of NBA experience to the Indiana Pacers’ bench.
Prior to joining the Pacers as an assistant coach in 2000, Rollins served as the only assistant coach for the Washington Wizards during the last half of the season. Before joining the Wizards, he served as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic from 1993-1999. During the 1994-95 season, he served a dual role of assistant coach/player for the Magic.
Rollins also served as the head coach of the NBA’s Pre-Draft Camp held in Chicago, where he was responsible for player development, as well as game and opponent preparation.
In 1997, he represented the NBA on its South Africa Tour, which also featured former Pacers’ player Dale Davis and the Hawks’ Dikembe Mutombo. The tour involved youth basketball camps, clinics and motivational speeches.
Before becoming a full-time coach, Rollins saw action with five different teams -- Atlanta (11 seasons), Cleveland (two seasons), Detroit (one season), Houston (two seasons), as well as Orlando.
In his 18-year playing career, Rollins played in 1,156 games and averaged 2.2 blocks per game, for a total of 2,542 blocks, which currently ranks in the all-time Top 10 in the NBA. In his first nine seasons, he ranked among the top 10 shot blockers, and led the league with 343 blocks in 1981-82. Rollins earned First Team All-Defensive honors in 1983-84 and second team honors in 1982-83. A 1977 graduate of Clemson University, Rollins was selected as the 14th pick overall of the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
A native of Winter Haven, Fla., in the offseason, he and his wife, Michelle, make Orlando, Fla. their home. In his spare time, Rollins enjoys deep sea fishing.