Jason Terry (born September 15, 1977 in Seattle, Washington) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks along with Alan Henderson and a future first round draft pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Antoine Walker and Tony Delk on August 4, 2004.
His full name is Jason Eugene Terry, and thus the nickname "The JET".
Terry attended the University of Arizona where as a sophomore he helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship. In his senior season, he finished the year averaging 21.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Those numbers caught the eye of NBA scouts and the 6'2 guard was selected in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Always reliable, Terry played five seasons with the Hawks missing only seven games over the five years. In his rookie campaign he was selected to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team. The next year, playing in all 82 games, he posted a career-best 19.7 points per game average. Over the next three seasons he remained a bright spot on an otherwise lowly Hawks team while becoming a lethal threat from behind the thee-point line.
In the 2004-05 NBA Playoffs, Terry averaged 17.5 points on 51% shooting while hitting 49% from three point range in his first playoff run. Yet his team failed to advance to the conference finals, losing its 2nd round series 4-2 to Nash's Phoenix Suns. In game 6 of that series Terry got in a confrontation with teammate Dirk Nowitzki, who was frustrated by his own erratic play during the playoffs, for committing the crucial error of backing off of Steve Nash in the final seconds of regulation with his team up by 3, who subsequently hit the 3 point shot to send the game into overtime resulting eventually in the second round ouster of the Mavericks.
In the following year Terry helped his team advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. In game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals Terry became just the fifth player to score at least 30 points in his first NBA Finals game (also Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson). In game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals, Terry shot 7-25 from the field and 2-11 from three point territory as the cold shooting Mavericks were eliminated in 6 games by the champion Heat.
On July 1, 2006, after spending only 12 hours on the free-agent market, Jason Terry agreed to a 6-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
- Terry was also a member of the United States squad for the 2001 Goodwill Games in Australia.