Detlef Schrempf

Detlef Schrempf ( born January 21, 1963 in Leverkusen ) is a former German national basketball players. He was in his playing days the best German basketball player in the NBA. There, the 2.08 m wide Schrempf played from 1985 to 2001 usually as a small forward and was known to the fans by his nickname " Det the Threat ".


After starting his career at Bayer 04 Leverkusen he attended high school in Centralia in the U.S. state of Washington, whose team he led to the title in Washington. He then studied at the University of Washington in Seattle International Business and played for the University of Washington Huskies. In NBA Draft 1985, he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in eighth place. In 1989 he moved to the Indiana Pacers, where he ( " Sixth Man Award" ) was named in 1991 and 1992 for best substitute the NBA. 1993 he moved to Seattle at the Seattle SuperSonics. Here Schrempf celebrated alongside his time with the Indiana Pacers, the greatest successes and moved in 1996 to the side of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp in the NBA finals. Against the Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan but Seattle lost the series with 2:4. In 1996 he founded the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and takes care of there at regional, social projects. In 1999, Schrempf to the Portland Trail Blazers, but where he - in a fractious team - could not build on its previous successes. After two years he finished his playing career in 2001. From January 2006 Detlef Schrempf was for two years assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics.

He was elected in 2006 to the " Sonic's 40th Anniversary Team"; this is a team with the best 16 SuperSonics 40 years of team history. The former German NBA player is on the FIBA Hall of Fame candidate list.

Meanwhile Schrempf is not German, but a U.S. citizen. He is married to Mary Wagner, a former track and field athlete of the TSV Goeggingen Augsburg, which he met in the current sports club of the ZDF. He has with her two sons.


  • First European Exceeded 15,000 -point mark
  • 1136 Games with a total of 15,761 points (average: 13.87 per game) and 7023 rebounds in the regular season
  • 114 games with 1432 points ( 12.6 points on average ) and 565 rebounds in the play-offs
  • 1996 Second Place in NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls
  • NBA Sixth Man Award in 1990/91 and 1991/92
  • Two-fold participation in the Olympic Games, 1984 and 1992
  • 13 participations in the NBA Playoffs
  • NBA All Star for Indiana Pacers (1993) and Seattle (1995, 1997)
  • All- NBA Third Team ( 1994-95 )
  • 2006 - Member of the All Seattle SuperSonics team ( " Sonic's 40th Anniversary Team")
  • Basketball player of the year in Germany: 1992


The 2007 released album Cease to Begin the American indie rock band Band of Horses includes a piece called " Detlef Schrempf ".