He earned his NCAA championship ring in 1997. Now Jason Terry has a chance to win an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, as he and his teammates downed the Phoenix Suns Saturday to win the Western Conference championship, 4-2.
Dallas will host the Miami Heat in game one of the 2006 NBA Finals on Thursday, June 8, at 8 p.m. EDT.
Terry is the 13th Wildcat to play in the NBA Finals in the last 11 seasons, and the first to do so since Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers appeared in the 2004 Finals. Of the 12 previous UA players to appear in the NBA Finals, nine earned NBA championship rings. The last to do so was Steve Kerr in 2003 with San Antonio.
Now in his second season with Dallas, Terry enjoyed one of his finest seasons as a professional. In 80 regular season games, he averaged 17.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 47 percnet from the field. His per game scoring average was his best in three seasons.
Terry has finished in double figures in all 16 playoff games that he has appeared in this year and averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game vs. Phoenix in the Western Conference finals. His efforts helped Dallas reach the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise's 26-year history.
Thursday's game vs. the Heat will be Terry's 30th career playoff appearance, and when added to his 563 regular season games played, he is rapidly approaching 600 games in an NBA uniform.
Terry, a 6-foot-2 guard from Seattle, Wash., played for Arizona from 1996-99. In 129 collegiate games played, Terry scored 1,461 points (11.3 ppg), passed out 493 assists and collected 245 steals. He still ranks 17th on the UA career points scored list, seventh on the assist list and first in steals.
As a senior in 1999, Terry earned national Player-of-the-Year honors from Sports Illustrated, CBS/Chevrolet and Basketball Times. He was a first team All-America selection by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, Basketball News and the John R. Wooden Award.
That same season Terry garnerd Pac-10 Player-of-the-Year honros, making him one of five Wildcat players (accomplished six times) to earn the distinction. Terry scored 635 points in 1999 (21.9 ppg), a figure that ranks 10th in Arizona history.
The Mavericks have averaged 59 wins since Terry joining the team for the 2004-05 campaign.
Terry is one of 10 former Wildcats to play in the NBA this season, the second-highest figure in the country.