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Shawn Christopher Respert (born February 6, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player who used to be an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'3" shooting guard born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Bishop Borgess High School, and he came to prominence while playing college basketball at Michigan State University where his jersey is now retired. He played professionally in the NBA for four seasons from 1995 to 1999.

Shawn Respert
Chicago Bulls
PositionPlayer Development
Personal information
Born (1972-02-06) February 6, 1972 (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[a]
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop Borgess (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1990–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1995–2003
PositionPoint guard
Number3, 31, 21, 2
Coaching career2011–present
Career history
As player:
19951997Milwaukee Bucks
19971998Toronto Raptors
1998Dallas Mavericks
1999Phoenix Suns
1999–2000Adecco Milano
2000–2001Near East
2001–2002Fillattice Imola
2002–2003Spójnia Stargard Szczeciński
As coach:
2011–2012Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20142016Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
2018–presentChicago Bulls (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points851 (4.9 ppg)
Rebounds226 (1.3 rpg)
Assists177 (1.0 apg)
Stats at

College careerEdit

Respert was a standout at Michigan State. He and point guard Eric Snow combined to form one of the nation's most prolific backcourt tandems for head coach Jud Heathcote's Spartans. Respert was the team's leading scorer all four seasons at Michigan State and finished his career second all-time in scoring among Big Ten players with 2,531 points (trailing only Calbert Chaney) and first in Big Ten games with 1,545 points scored. He capped a brilliant career by being named a unanimous first team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year and Sporting News and NABC National Player of the Year[1] with a 25.6 scoring average during his 1994–95 senior season. He left East Lansing as the Spartans all-time leading scorer and began the tradition of out-going seniors kissing the logo at center court during their final home game.


Respert was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round, with the 8th overall pick, of the 1995 NBA Draft. The Blazers traded his NBA rights to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Gary Trent and a first-round pick. Respert was traded to Toronto in his second year, where he scored 5.6 points a game. He next played briefly in Dallas the next season and then had a second stint with the Raptors. Respert finished his career in Phoenix during the 1998–99 season. He was under contract with Los Angeles Lakers for a brief period in October 2000 but was waived before playing in any NBA games for them. In his NBA career, Respert played in 172 games and scored a total of 851 points on averages of 4.9 points in 13.7 minutes per game.

He played professionally in Italy for Adecco Milano (1999–2000) and Fillattice Imola (2001–2002). He also played in Poland for Spójnia Stargard Szczeciński (2002–2003).

Respert had stomach cancer but did not admit it until 2005. He started being bothered with stomach cramps towards the end of his rookie season. He noticed a lump below his belly button even after changing his diet. Respert was diagnosed with cancer after undergoing a series of tests at Milwaukee's St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in May 1996. After confirmation through a second opinion, he underwent daily radiation therapy for three consecutive months, losing twenty pounds in the process. The only people who knew about this treatment were the Bucks' trainers, doctors, his coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. and Michigan State backcourt partner Eric Snow. He only told a select few; not even his family and girlfriend knew, because "people don't want to hear excuses in pro sports, even if the excuse is cancer."[2]


Respert became a volunteer coach at Prairie View A&M in Texas in 2004. Then in early 2005, he was hired to be Director of Basketball Operations at Rice University for 2​12 years. Next, Respert spent two years as the Director of Player Development of the NBA's minor league, the NBA Development League. In September 2008, he was hired by the Houston Rockets as the Director of Player Programs. On December 6, 2011 he was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a player development coach.[3] He was named an assistant coach by the Memphis Grizzlies in September 2013.[4] He then moved to the Chicago Bulls as a director of player development in 2018.[5]


  • a Respert's listed height has ranged from 6'1" to 6'3".


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  2. ^ "Shawn Respert's NBA career was stunted by cancer". ESPN. Associated Press. January 8, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Wolves Announce Basketball and Coaching Staffs". Minnesota Timberwolves. 6 December 2011.
  4. ^ Grizzlies announce coaching staff
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