Terry Duerod (born July 29, 1956 in Royal Oaks, Michigan) was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the expansion draft, from the Detroit Pistons, prior to the team's innaugural season in 1980-1981.
Duerod attended the University of Detroit where he played four years under coach Dick Vitale. During his collegiate career, he scored 1,690 points and averaged 23.3 points during his senior season leaving as the school's third leading career scorer. While at U of D, Duerod led the team to three post season tuournament appearances and was part of the 1977 team that won 21-straight games.
Drafted in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, where Dick Vitale had just accepted the head coaching job, he averaged 9.3 points per game during his rookie season shooting 47% from the field.
Following his rookie campaign, the Pistons left the 6'2 guard exposed in the league expansion draft and he was taken by the Mavericks.
Duerod's career with Dallas lasted only 18 games before he was waived on Decmber 2, 1980. While with the Mavericks, he equaled his rookie total of 9.3 points per game. His best game was a 19-point performance on November 14 as the Mavs snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Two days after his release, Duerod signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics.
"I received a call from Red Auerbach," Duerod remembered. He was awesome. He told me about wanting to draft me in '79 but that the Pistons had gotten to me first. It was a good conversation and he said he wanted me to play for the Boston Celtics"
As the Celtics' twelfth man, it didn't take Duerod long to become a fan favorite and often entered games to chants of "DOOOOOO" from the Boston Garden fans.
On December 12, 1980, Duerod enjoyed the performance that endeared him to the Celtic Nation. In a blowout victory over the New Jersey Nets, coach Bill Fitch inserted Duerod with four minutes remaining in the game. He scored nine points, including a game-ending three pointer to the cheers of his teammates and fans that stayed to the very end.
Duerod and the Celtics won the NBA championship in the 1980-1981 season defeating the Houston Rockets in six games.
He played with the Celtics the following season and ended his NBA career playing five games for Golden State in 1982-1983. For his career Duerod averaged 6.7 points per game.
After playing one season in the CBA, a season with Scavolini in the Italian League and two years in the Philippenes, Duerod retired from basketball and today is a firefighter in Detroit.
Named to the University of Detroit Hall of Fame in 1993, he still supports the school's basketball program and appeared in October of 2008 at the team's season tip-off event and played in an alumni exhibition game.
Asked what advice he would give to today's youth, Duerod said, "My advice is always to get your education. Basketball is secondary to the real world and you need an education if you're going to succeed off the court."