April 14 2000
22 year old Jason Terry, fresh out of Arizona as the 10th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, spent most of the year behind veteran Bimbo Coles for coach Lenny Wilkens, but with the season dwindling down, Wilkens gave him more playing time and freedom on the court, leading to a 20 point, 9 assist performance versus the formidable Philadelphia 76ers. Coles started 54 of the 82 games, while Terry started 27 at the point guard position. They both averaged 8.1 points per game, but Terry got the edge in the assist category, with 4.3 to Coles’ 3.6 LET THE KIDS PLAY LENNY! Wilkens would leave for Toronto, replaced by Lon Kruger (long before his successful time at Oklahoma), who gave Terry 38 minutes a night, and boy would it be fun in Atlanta (for him, not the team) during his second season, where he averaged just under 20 points per game.
Terry would eventually be the Steve Nash-replacement in Dallas after Mark Cuban decided not to re-sign the future back-to-back MVP of the league, but the Mavs would end up with a ring thanks to Terry’s contributions to the franchise, as he was an integral part of the championship run in 2011.