Detlef Schrempf (born January 21, 1963, in Leverkusen, West Germany (present-day Germany) is a former NBA basketball player.
High school and college career Schrempf moved to the USA his junior year of high school, attending Centralia High in Washington state for two years.
He played college basketball for the University of Washington Huskies, where he was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and The Sporting News All-America Second Team. At college, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and majored in International Business.
NBA career Originally selected eighth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1985 NBA Draft, Schrempf became a regular after being traded to the Indiana 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 1990 and 1991. He became known as one of the most effective long-range shooters in the league, finishing second in the NBA with a .478 three-point percentage in 1987, and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup. 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 F Derrick McKey and G/F Gerald Paddio. He quickly reestablished himself as one of the league's best long-range shooters, 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, 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.
He was released in 1999 and signed the same day by the Portland Trail Blazers, with whom he played until his retirement from professional basketball in 2001. On January 24, 2006, the Seattle SuperSonics hired Schrempf as an Assistant Coach .
International career Schrempf played for the West Germany Olympic Team in 1984. In 1992, he played for the German Olympic team.
Charitable work Schrempf established the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in 1996 to benefit local charities. The foundation hosts the Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf Classic at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard, Washington every summer.
TV work In 2004, Schrempf appeared in a commercial for IBM.
Personal life Schrempf is married to Mary Wagner, a former hurdler on the former West German National Team. They have two sons.