|Position:||Small Forward, Power Forward|
Detlef Schrempf (born January 21, 1963, in Leverkusen, Germany) was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft.
Schrempf moved to the USA his senior year in high school and promptly led Centralia High to the Washington State High School basketball title in 1981
He played college basketball for the University of Washington Huskies, where he was a unanimous All- Pac 10 selection and third team All-American his final two years. The Huskies won Pac-10 titles in both his junior and senior seasons and as a senior, Schrempf was the only Pac-10 player in the top ten in four separate categories: Points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and field goal percentage. Such was his impact with UW that he was elected to the University of Washington Husky Hall of Fame for his achievements on the court.
Originally selected eighth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1985 NBA Draft, he was the first German, and one of the first international players, in the NBA. Schrempf's long range shooting prowess was evident early when he finished second in the NBA in three point field goal percentage in only his second season in the league. He played three-and-a-half seasons for the Mavs before being traded to Indiana for forward Herb Williams. Schrempf earned a starting spot after being traded to the Pacers. During his first few years with the Pacers, he was one of the NBA's best substitutes, winning consecutive NBA Sixth Man Awards in 1991 and 1992. In the 1992-93 season, he was selected to the first of his three National Basketball Association All-Star Games.
Following the 1992-93 NBA season, Schrempf was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Derrick McKey and Gerald Paddio. He quickly reestablished himself as one of the league's best long-range shooters, again ranking second in the NBA in three-point accuracy during 1994-95 season with a 51.4 three-point field goal percentage. During his tenure with the Sonics, the team became of the most successful in the NBA. Together with Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, former Maverick Sam Perkins, and Hersey Hawkins, among others, the team became known as the Sonic Boom, and reached the NBA Finals in 1996 where they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in six games. While with the Sonics, Schrempf played in his final two NBA All-Star games. His top statistical season came in 1994-1995 when he averaged 19.2 ppg.
Schrempf played his final two seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. During his career he made two appearances in the Olympic Games, playing for West Germany in 1984 and a united German team in 1992. Both times he had another Maverick, center Uwe Blab on the team with him.
After his retirement, Schrempf served as an assistant coach with the Sonics and now works in wealth management with Coldstream Capital Management in Bellevue, Washington.
Schrempf, and his wife Mary, also head the Detlef Schrempf Foundation which has raised over eight million dollars for charities in the Northwestern United States that support organizations which provide hope, care and assistance to children from the Northwest and their families.