Terry Stotts, a 14-year NBA coaching veteran, joined the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant coach in 2008 after serving as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2005-07. Stotts guided the Bucks to a postseason appearance in 2005-06, after earning a 40-42 (.488) regular season record.
Stotts began his NBA coaching career under George Karl, spending five seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and four with the Bucks. During that stretch, his teams finished each season above .500 and qualified for the playoffs in eight of nine seasons.
While in Seattle, the Sonics posted a 357-135 (.726) record, captured four Pacific Division titles, reached the Western Conference Finals twice and appeared in the 1996 NBA Finals. In four seasons as lead assistant in Milwaukee, Stotts helped the Bucks amass a 163-133 (.551) mark, highlighted by a Central Division Championship and a berth in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.
Stotts spent the 2004-05 season as the lead assistant with the Golden State Warriors under head coach Mike Montgomery. Prior to the 2004-05 campaign, Stotts spent two seasons in Atlanta. His first head coaching experience came with the Hawks when he replaced Lon Krueger on Dec. 26, 2002.
Stotts, a second round selection of the Houston Rockets in the 1980 NBA Draft, began his professional playing career in Italy before joining the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets. He returned to Europe for several seasons, playing in Spain and France, before joining Karl’s coaching staff with the CBA’s Albany Patroons in 1990-91. During his first year on a professional coaching staff, he helped lead the Patroons to an all-time CBA-best 50-6 record. Stotts coached the CBA’s Fort Wayne Fury for one season before joining the Sonics.
A four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Stotts earned All-Big Eight honors as a senior and was named Academic All-America in each of his final two collegiate seasons. He was named the OU’s outstanding senior student-athlete and was one of three individuals chosen nationally to receive an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.