Jerry Stackhouse only needed two years at North Carolina to show NBA teams he was a future All-Star in the making. After his sophomore season, Stackhouse entered the 1995 NBA Draft and was selected third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to have an incredibly prosperous, 18-year NBA career. The journeyman played for eight different NBA teams, but he was most successful with the Sixers and Pistons. At one point in his career, Stackhouse was considered one of the best scorers in the NBA, but he slowly faded into irrelevance before retiring in 2013. What has he been up to in retirement?
Jerry Stackhouse’s NBA playing career
Jerry Stackhouse had a terrific start to his professional career. He led the Sixers in scoring as a rookie in 1995 with 19.2 points per game. He only improved on that mark in his second season, scoring 20.7 per game in his sophomore year.
Stackhouse and Allen Iverson were a deadly scoring duo in Philadelphia, but they only lasted a year and a half as teammates. The Sixers traded Stackhouse to the Pistons in the middle of the 1997-98 season. Stackhouse struggled for two years as he dealt with the sudden change of scenery, but he bounced back in a big way in 1999.
Teaming up with Duke greats Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, Stackhouse averaged 23.6 points per game in 1999-00. It was maybe the first instance of a Tar Heel getting along with a few Blue Devils. The Pistons went 42-40 that season and got to the playoffs as the East’s No. 4 seed. Detriot lost in the first round to the Miami Heat, but Stackhouse led the team in scoring with 24.7 points per game in the series.
Stackhouse went on to score a career-high 29.8 points per game the following season. He reached double digits in every single game during the 2000-01 season. He even recorded a 57-point game against the Bulls in March of ’01.
Incredibly, Stackhouse averaged over 10 points per game in 13 straight seasons while shooting just 30.9 percent from three over his NBA career.
Stackhouse’s basketball career after the NBA
Stackhouse retired from the NBA in 2013 after 18 seasons in the league. He bounced around to five different teams in his last five years as a player.
In 2011, Stackhouse started the Stackhouse Elite AAU program in Atlanta, Ga. The program has become elite at the 15U-17U levels, and Pelicans’ star Brandom Ingram played AAU ball there.
Immediately after retirement, Stackhouse joined the Fox Sports Detroit team covering the Pistons and college basketball. After two years in broadcasting, he got the itch to return to the court.
Stackhouse became an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors in 2015. He was later relocated to the Raptors’ D-League affiliate to become the head coach there. He won the D-League title in his first season as head coach and was named D-League Coach of the Year.
After a few years in the D-League, Stackhouse bounced back to the NBA to become an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies.
What is Jerry Stackhouse up to now?
Stackhouse is still building his coaching career, and his newest stop is as the head coach at Vanderbilt University. He inherited one of the worst teams in any of the NCAA Division I major conferences. Vanderbilt went 9-23 the year prior to Stackhouse’s arrival.
In his first season as head coach, Stackhouse led the Commodores to an 11-21 record. They went just 3-15 in SEC play, but the highlight of the year came in a home upset over LSU.
Stackhouse entered a broken situation at Vanderbilt, but there’s no doubt he can turn around a program yearning to get back to the NCAA Tournament. It hasn’t made the Big Dance since 2016, but Stackhouse is the man to bring Vandy back.