Terry Stotts
Stotts in 2015
Personal information
Born (1957-11-25) November 25, 1957 (age 64)
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolBloomington North
(Bloomington, Indiana)
CollegeOklahoma (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1980–1989
Coaching career1990–present
Career history
As player:
1980Squibb Cantù
1980–1983Montana Golden Nuggets
1983–1984CB Estudiantes
1985–1987Étoile de Voiron
1988–1989Chorale Roanne
1989–1990Sceaux Basket
As coach:
1990–1991Albany Patroons (assistant)
1991–1992Fort Wayne Fury (assistant)
19921998Seattle SuperSonics (assistant)
19982002Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
20022004Atlanta Hawks
20042005Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20052007Milwaukee Bucks
20082012Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
20122021Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Terry Linn Stotts (born November 25, 1957) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

After a playing as a forward in Europe and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), where he was coached by George Karl, Stotts became a part of Karl's coaching staff on multiple teams in the CBA and NBA. He later got opportunities as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, before helping the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA championship as an assistant coach.

Early life and college career

Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stotts grew up in Illinois, Wisconsin, Guam, and Indiana and graduated from Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana in 1976.[1][2] Stotts was a member of the 1976 Indiana All-Star Team.[3]

Stotts was a starter in all his four seasons with the University of Oklahoma Sooners basketball team and was an Academic All-American selection in his junior and senior seasons and an All-Big Eight Conference selection in his senior season. He graduated from Oklahoma in 1980 with a B.S. in zoology and a Master in Business Administration from Oklahoma in 1988 on a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA.[1]

Playing career

Stotts was a second-round selection of the Houston Rockets in the 1980 NBA draft, but he could not find a place on the team. He began his professional playing career in Italy before joining George Karl's Continental Basketball Association (CBA) team, the Montana Golden Nuggets, in the early 1980s. He played for the team for three seasons. He then returned to Europe for several seasons, playing in Spain (CB Estudiantes) and France.[1] On December 10, 1988, Stotts scored 47 points for Chorale Roanne in a 102-93 victory over Évreux.

Coaching career

Early career with George Karl and the CBA

After retiring as a player, Stotts joined Karl's coaching staff as an assistant with the CBA's Albany Patroons in 1990–91. During his first year, he helped lead the Patroons to an all-time CBA-best 50–6 record. Stotts then coached the CBA's Fort Wayne Fury for one season before rejoining Karl as part of his staff on the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA. He then moved with Karl to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998.

Atlanta Hawks

In 2002, he decided to part ways with Karl and joined the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach. He was promoted to head coach 27 games into the season after Lon Kruger was fired.[4] Stotts led the Hawks on a 24-31 run [1] before he was let go and returned to the assistant coaching ranks with the Golden State Warriors.

Milwaukee Bucks

In 2005, he became the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.[5] He guided them to the playoffs in his first season, but was fired towards the end of his second season on March 14, 2007.

Dallas Mavericks

He was hired as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks shortly after Rick Carlisle was hired as head coach in September 2008. He was credited for coordinating the Mavericks' offense that was one of the most efficient in the league in 2010–11, when they won the NBA title.[6]

Portland Trail Blazers

Terry Stotts in action as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, 2015
Terry Stotts in action as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, 2015

The Portland Trail Blazers hired Stotts as their head coach on August 7, 2012.[7] The Blazers went 33–49 in Stotts's first year, losing their final 13 games to drop out of the playoff race.[8]

In Stotts's second season with the Trail Blazers, he coached the team to an overall record of 54–28. They beat the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs with a buzzer-beating three-point shot by Damian Lillard to advance to the second round, but fell short to the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the second round, ultimately losing in five games.

In Stotts's third season, he led the team to an overall record of 51–31. After sustaining some key injuries, they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs 4–1.

Despite losing four of his starters, including star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, in the off-season, Stotts's fourth season saw him lead the Trail Blazers to the second round, after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. In the second round, Portland played the top-seeded Golden State Warriors to a very competitive five-game series, but eventually lost 4–1. On May 16, 2016, Stotts agreed on a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.[9]

In the 2018–19 season, Stotts led the Trail Blazers to a 53–29 regular season record and their deepest playoff run in almost 20 years. Portland defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 and Denver Nuggets 4–3 in the first two rounds but were swept by the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals.

On June 4, 2021, after their fourth first-round exit in five years, Stotts and the Blazers mutually agreed to part ways.[10] He left the club with the second-most wins in franchise history with 402.[10]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Atlanta 2002–03 55 24 31 .436 5th in Central Missed playoffs
Atlanta 2003–04 82 28 54 .341 7th in Central Missed playoffs
Milwaukee 2005–06 82 40 42 .488 5th in Central 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Milwaukee 2006–07 64 23 41 .359 (fired)
Portland 2012–13 82 33 49 .402 4th in Northwest Missed playoffs
Portland 2013–14 82 54 28 .659 2nd in Northwest 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Portland 2014–15 82 51 31 .622 1st in Northwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Portland 2015–16 82 44 38 .537 2nd in Northwest 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Portland 2016–17 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Northwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Portland 2017–18 82 49 33 .598 1st in Northwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Portland 2018–19 82 53 29 .646 2nd in Northwest 16 8 8 .500 Lost in Conference Finals
Portland 2019–20 74 35 39 .473 4th in Northwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First round
Portland 2020–21 72 42 30 .583 3rd in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First round
Career 1,003 517 486 .515   67 23 44 .343  

Personal life

Stotts lives with his wife Jan in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Outside of coaching, he enjoys cycling, traveling and golf.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Terry Stotts". NBA. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Terry Stotts". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "1970s All Stars" (PDF). ibcacoaches.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 15, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Hawks Fire Kruger, Give Reins To Stotts. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Dec 27, 2002. News.google.com (December 27, 2002). Retrieved on 2015-11-09.
  5. ^ "Bucks Hire Terry Stotts As Head Coach". NBA.com. July 8, 2005. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mavericks' aide Stotts get second interview with Portland". July 27, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Terry Stotts named Trail Blazers head coach Archived August 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, August 8, 2012
  8. ^ Oregon Local News – Blazers present Stotts with birthday gift; coaching award next?. Portlandtribune.com (November 5, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-11-09.
  10. ^ a b "Trail Blazers And Terry Stotts Mutually Agree To Part Ways". NBA.com. June 4, 2021. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "Canzano: Terry Stotts feels ready for his next ride in the NBA". johncanzano.com. April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.