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Jason Terry was born in Seattle, Washington on September 15, 1977. He attended Franklin High School in Seattle. While playing basketball for Franklin, he helped lead them to consecutive Washington state championships in 1994 and 1995.
After high school, Jason Terry opted to play basketball for the University of Arizona from 1995 to 1999. In his senior year at Arizona, he played 29 games and averaged 21.9 points, 5.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 steals in 38.2 minutes. In 1999, he elected to enter the NBA Draft.
During the 1999 NBA Draft, Jason Terry was picked by the Atlanta Hawks as the 10th overall pick. During his rookie year, he emerged as Atlanta’s best player by leading the Hawks in free throws, assists, and steals. He also averaged 19.7 points and played a total of 3,089 minutes. After 5 seasons with Atlanta, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks prior to the beginning of the 2004-2005 season.
Jason Terry had a few lackluster months at the beginning of the 2004-2005 season with the Mavericks, but was shooting decent numbers at the end of the season. During the NBA Playoffs, he was averaging 17.9 points on 51% shooting range and was hitting 49% from the three-point range.
During Jason Terry's tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, he has been involved in numerous confrontations with other players. In Game 6 of the 2005 NBA Finals, he got into a confrontation with fellow teammate Dirk Nowitzki that eventually resulted in the Mavericks losing the playoffs. In Game 5 of the 2005-2006 NBA Western Conference playoffs, Jason Terry punched San Antonio Spurs opposing guard Michael Finley in the groin. Jason Terry was suspended from Game 6 without pay as a result.
In July 2006, after achieving free agent status, Jason Terry opted to sign a 6-year contract with Dallas. In 2009, Jason Terry won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 19.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 74 games. Out of the 74, he only started in 11 games.
In May 2011, Jason Terry tied an NBA record with 9 made three-pointers in a playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He joined Vince Carter, Ray Allen, and Rex Chapman in that record. During that playoff series, the Mavericks went on to the NBA Finals for the second time in Dallas’s franchise history. The Mavericks went on to win the series by defeating Miami 4 to 2.
In July 2012, Jason Terry opted to sign a multi-year contract with the Boston Celtics. During the 2012-2013 season, Jason Terry started in 24 games and played in a total of 79 games. He averaged a total of 10.1 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in approximately 26.9 minutes per game.
During the 2013 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics reached a compromise with the Brooklyn Nets to trade Terry, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce for first-round picks in the subsequent 2014, 2016, and 2018 drafts.
In February 2014, Jason Terry was traded to the Sacramento Kings, but did not appear in any games due to a persistent knee injury. Later that year, in September 2014, he was traded to the Houston Rockets.
After recovering from his knee injury, Jason Terry played in all of the first 23 games of the 2014-2015 season for the Rockets. He started in 4 consecutive games as point guard while Patrick Beverly was on the injured list. However, Jason Terry missed 2 consecutive games due to the birth of his 5th child. He returned in later December and scored his 2,000th three-pointed in the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers. He became the third player in NBA history to hit this three-pointer record. In late August 2015, Jason Terry negotiated to renew his contract with the Rockets.
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