Former Sonics star Detlef Schrempf is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Sonics, having been named to the position on Jan. 20, 2006.
Schrempf enjoyed a 16-year NBA career and was twice named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year (1991, 1992). He was also selected to the NBA All-Star Game three times (1993, 1995, 1997).
“I’m humbled by this opportunity Coach Bob Hill and the Sonics have given me,” Schrempf said. “The Sonics franchise is obviously very special to me. I can’t wait to work with the players on this team and continue to be involved with our great community.”
Originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round (eighth pick overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft, Schrempf tallied 15,761 points and 7,023 rebounds in 1,136 career games while playing with four teams (Dallas, Indiana, Seattle and Portland). Following three-and-a-half years in Dallas, he was traded to Indiana, where he later played for Hill from 1991 through 1993.
Schrempf became a member of the Sonics roster on Nov. 1, 1993 when he was acquired by Seattle from Indiana for Sonics Derrick McKey and Gerald Paddio. The 6-10 forward played in 415 games over six seasons in a Sonics uniform, scored 6,870 points, grabbed 2,608 rebounds and dished out 1,652 assists (ninth on Seattle’s all-time list). His best statistical year in a Sonics uniform was 1994-95 when he averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. In that season, he connected on 52.3 percent of his shots from the field (521-997) and ranked second in the NBA in three-point shooting (93-181, .514). The mark remains a Sonics franchise record. Schrempf finished his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2000-01 season.
A native of Leverkusen, Germany, Schrempf signed with the University of Washington after graduating from Centralia High School. He went on to play 122 games with the Huskies and holds career averages of 11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.3 apg at UW. Schrempf was a unanimous All Pac-10 selection and Third Team All-American his final two seasons. After posting 16.8 ppg and 7.4 rpg his junior year, he finished out his Husky career averaging 15.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg his senior season. He left the University of Washington ranked in the school’s all-time top-10 in eight statistical categories.
In addition to his collegiate and NBA experience, Schrempf represented his native country twice in the Olympics. He was a member of the West German Olympic Team in 1984 and the German Olympic Team in 1992.
Schrempf and his wife Mari reside in Seattle and are the parents of two sons.