Stan Pietkiewicz (born July 14, 1956 in Huntsville Alabama) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on January 12, 1981 and played for the team the remainder of that season.
Pietkiewicz (pronounced Pet-kav-ich) was heavily recruited out of Winter Park High School in the Orlando area. He had narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Villanova, Auburn and Wake Forest and told The Gadsden Times what helped him make his final decision.
"I was pursued by all four schools. I wanted to go somewhere I could start as a freshman so I began narrowing it down. I didn't think I could start as a freshman at Kentucky. I didn't want to go too far north so I eliminated Villanova. I picked Auburn because it was close enough to where my grandfather could come see me play and where all the kids I grew up playing basketball with, could come see me play. There was a familiarity and comfort level with that part of the country," he said.
He was known as a gym rat practicing for hours on end. It wasn't uncommon for Pietkiewicz to take his dates to the gym and have them chase balls for him while he practiced his shooting. There was also a sign on the wall in his room as he was growing up quoting ex-New York Knick Bill Bradley which read, "Practice, because if you don't someone, somewhere is and when they meet you, they will beat you." That typified Pietkiewicz's basketball work ethic.
In his senior season at Auburn, Pietkiewicz averaged 19.1 points per game and was named second team All-Southeast Conference. He was one of four Auburn players taken in the 1978 NBA draft. At graduation in 1978, he ranked sixth on Auburn's all-time scoring list and still holds the Tigers' mark for free throw percentage in a season at 83.4%.
Pietkiewicz was drafted in the seventh round by the Buffalo Braves who immediately moved to San Diego and became known as the Clippers.
He played two seasons in San Diego averaging 4.6 ppg his second season. In his third year, 1980-81, Pietkiewicz played in only six games with the Clippers before being waived.
The Mavericks signed him to a 10-day contract on January 12 and a second 10-day contract on January 21 before signing him to a season-contract on Janucay 28.
During his stint with the Mavs, Pietkiewicz was known as a three-point threat leading the team in both three pointers made (19) and three pointers attempted (46). He averaged 12 minutes and 3.9 points per game.
Pietkiewicz went on to play the next four seasons in the Italian Professional League before retiring and returning to the Orlando area where he works in banking and commercial real estate.
He kept his hand in basketball by coaching AAU teams for several years and working with the Orlando Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has two children who are both recognized athletes in the area.
His son John plays basketball at Flagler College in Florida and his daughter Anne led her high school to state volleyball championships in 2005 and 2006.