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Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks
Brooks in 2011 as the head coach of the Thunder
Personal information
Born (1965-07-31) July 31, 1965
French Camp, California
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school East Union (Manteca, California)
College TCU (1983–1984)
San Joaquin Delta (1984–1985)
UC Irvine (1985–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Undrafted
Pro career 1987–2001
Position Guard
Number 1, 4, 2
Coaching career 2000–present
Career history
As player:
1987–1988 Albany Patroons (CBA)
1988 Fresno Flames (WBL)
19881990 Philadelphia 76ers
19901992 Minnesota Timberwolves
19921995 Houston Rockets
19951996 Dallas Mavericks
1996–1997 New York Knicks
1997–1998 Cleveland Cavaliers
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
As coach:
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars (ABA) (assistant)
2001–2002 Southern California Surf (ABA)
20032006 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2006–2007 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20072008 Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)
20082015 Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,317
Rebounds 685
Assists 1,608
Stats at

Scott William Brooks (born July 31, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 5'11", or 1.80 meters, Brooks played the basketball position of point guard while playing collegiately at San Joaquin Delta College and Texas Christian University, before finishing his final two years at the University of California, Irvine.[1] He was inducted into UCI's Hall of Fame in 2001.


  • Early life and college 1
  • Basketball career 2
    • Playing and early coaching career 2.1
    • SuperSonics/Thunder (2007–2015) 2.2
  • Head coaching record 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

Early life and college

Born Scott William Brooks, in French Camp, California on July 31, 1965, Brooks graduated from East Union High School at Manteca, California in 1983.[2] As a freshman, he played college basketball at Texas Christian University for a season and then transferred for his sophomore year to San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, about 10 miles from his parents' home in Lathrop, California. After only being offered a walk-on spot by nearby University of the Pacific, he declined that offer and spent the next two years at the University of California, Irvine.[3] In his senior season at UCI, he averaged 23.8 points and made 43.2% of his three-point attempts.[4] On the night that the Bren Events Center opened at UC Irvine on January 8, 1987, Brooks scored 43 points as UCI defeated Utah State, 118-96. He scored 41 points in a 90-79 win at University of the Pacific later that season to tie the Spanos Center scoring record.[5][6]

Basketball career

Playing and early coaching career

After not being drafted in the 1987 NBA Draft, Brooks debuted professionally with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association under coach Bill Musselman. Brooks was named to the CBA's all-rookie team in 1988 and was a member of Albany's CBA Championship team that same season. Later, he played for the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League.[7]

Brooks played 10 seasons (1988–1998) in the NBA, appearing as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers, and was a member of Houston's 1994 NBA Championship team. In 1995, Brooks was traded to the Mavericks for Morlon Wiley and a second-round pick in the only trade deadline deal of the season.[8] Brooks signed with the Los Angeles Clippers before the 1998-1999 season but sat out due to a right knee injury.[9] The Clippers waived Brooks on February 19, 1999,[4] re-signed him, then released Brooks in October 1999, during the 1999-2000 preseason.[10] Brooks joined the Los Angeles Stars of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2000–2001, where he was both a player and an assistant coach.[11]

SuperSonics/Thunder (2007–2015)

After serving as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets, Brooks was named an assistant to P.J. Carlesimo with the Seattle SuperSonics before the 2007-08 season, and followed the team to Oklahoma City as the Thunder after that season. When Carlesimo was fired on November 22, 2008; Brooks was named interim coach for the rest of the season.[12] On April 22, 2009; the Thunder dropped the "interim" from Brooks' title and named him the 15th head coach in Sonics/Thunder history.

Brooks got off to one of the best starts for a rookie head coach in recent NBA history. He led the Thunder to the playoffs in his first five full seasons with the team. He was named the 2009-2010 NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Thunder to a 50-win season and the 8th seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs, a 26-win increase over the previous season. The following year he led the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals, where they eventually lost to the 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks. On February 11, 2012, Brooks was named the Western Conference All-Star Coach for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida. In the summer of 2012, the Thunder signed Brooks to a multi-year head coaching contract reportedly worth about $18 million.[13] In a shortened 66-game season, Brooks led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat.

On January 29, 2014, Brooks was named the Western Conference All-Star Coach for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[14]

On April 22, 2015, Brooks was fired by the Thunder a week after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in his six full seasons as head coach.[15] He left as the third-winningest coach in Sonics/Thunder history, behind only George Karl.

According to sources, Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season. Brooks wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.[16]

Head coaching record

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Oklahoma City 2008–09 69 22 47 .319 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
Oklahoma City 2009–10 82 50 32 .610 4th in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Oklahoma City 2010–11 82 55 27 .671 1st in Northwest 17 9 8 .529 Lost in Conf. Finals
Oklahoma City 2011–12 66 47 19 .712 1st in Northwest 20 13 7 .650 Lost in NBA Finals
Oklahoma City 2012–13 82 60 22 .732 1st in Northwest 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Oklahoma City 2013–14 82 59 23 .720 1st in Northwest 19 10 9 .526 Lost in Conf. Finals
Oklahoma City 2014–15 82 45 37 .549 2nd in Northwest - - - Missed Playoffs
Career 545 338 207 .620 73 39 34 .534


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External links

  • Scott Brooks player biography at the Wayback Machine (archived February 10, 2001) at
  • Scott Brooks coach biography at
  • Career statistics and player information from

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