April 24, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former Arizona Wildcat and current Dallas Maverick Jason Terry has been named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2008-09 season, announced today by the league office.
Terry averaged 19.6 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per contest while appearing in 74 games. He came off the bench 63 times for the Mavericks while shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point range. Dallas finished the regular season with a record of 50-32 and is currently facing San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs.
The nine-year pro received 576 of a possible 605 points, including 111 of a possible 121 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets finished second with 155 points and Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks finished third with 113 points.
In his senior season at Arizona, Terry won the Pac-10 Player of the Year award, was a first team All-American selection by the Associated Press and was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award. Terry was the first player in Arizona history to score over 1,000 points and have over 200 career steals. He ranks 18th on the all-time Arizona scoring list with 1,461 points. He was named National Player of the Year by three different outlets including Sports Illustrated, CBS/Chevrolet and Rawlings/Basketball Times in 1999.
The Seattle native served as Arizona's sixth man on the 1997 national championship team and his overall career record through four seasons in Tucson was 103-28.
The Sixth Man of the Year award is an annual NBA postseason award handed out since the 1982-83 season to the league's most valuable player as a substitute. In order to be eligible a player must have come off the bench more times than he appeared in the starting lineup.
This is the second NBA postseason award garnered by a former Arizona Wildcat. Damon Stoudamire won Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 1995-96.