Scott Brooks - NBA Head Coach, Oklahoma City Thunder - San Joaquin Delta College
A former basketball standout at San Joaquin Delta College, Scott Brooks and his team took another step toward a championship by facing the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. The Thunder lost, but Brooks continued to solidify his post as one of the NBA's top head coaches.
In 2011, Brooks concluded his third season as head coach of the Thunder by leading Oklahoma City to a Northwest Division Title and a spot in the Western Conference Finals versus the eventual NBA Champion, Dallas Mavericks.
During the 2010-11 season Brooks led the Thunder to 55 wins and a spot in the Western Conference Finals after Oklahoma City captured playoff series victories over the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.
After the late-season acquisition of Kendrick Perkins from the Boston Celtics in mid-March, Brooks guided the Thunder to a 13-4 mark in the final 17 games of the regular season.
Under Brooks, the OKC franchise has qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997 and 1998.
Brooks, the 16th head coach in franchise history received the 2009-10 Red Auerbach NBA Coach of the Year award after his second season as head coach. During his first full year at the helm of the Thunder Brooks oversaw one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA history. A year after winning 23 games, the Thunder concluded the 2009-10 season with a record of 50-32 (.610). The 27-win improvement was tied for the eighth largest in NBA history.
In the 2010 postseason, the Thunder took the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers to a Game 6 in what proved to be one of the more entertaining first round playoff series in recent memory.
During the 2009-10 season, Brooks was awarded NBA Coach of the Month honors in February after the Thunder wrapped-up the month with a 9-2 (.818) mark. The 81.8% winning percentage for the OKC franchise was the highest in a given month since January of 1997.
Brooks was named interim head coach of the Thunder 13 games into the 2008-09 season and was later named head coach on April 15, 2009 prior to the team’s final game of the season. A day after being awarded his first NBA head coaching position, Brooks led the Thunder to their most lopsided victory of the year in the team’s season finale, a 126-85 win versus the Los Angeles Clippers at STAPLES Center.
Prior to his appointment as interim head coach on November 22, 2008 Brooks joined P.J. Carlisemo and the Thunder coaching staff at the start of the 2007-08 season.
Before joining the Thunder organization, Brooks spent the 2006-07 season working as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings. His NBA coaching career began with the Denver Nuggets, where he served as an assistant coach under George Karl from 2003-06. Brooks helped lead the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the club. During his brief tenure with the Nuggets, Denver amassed a 136-110 (.560%) regular season record.
Brooks enjoyed an 11-year (1988-99) playing career in the NBA, appearing in 680 regular season games with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, New York, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Clippers. Brooks’ teams advanced to the postseason six of his 11 NBA seasons, and in 1994, he was a member of the NBA Champion Houston Rockets. Brooks holds career averages of 4.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. He excelled from three-point range, shooting 37.2 percent (287-771) from behind the arc. He also played one year with the Albany Patroons (1988) in the Continental Basketball Association, and was named to the CBA’s All-Rookie Team.
In 2000, Brooks was a player/assistant coach with the Los Angeles Stars of the ABA. The following season, he served as the head coach of the Southern California Surf of the ABA, guiding the club to a 23-14 record.
A native of Lathrop, Calif., Brooks began his collegiate career at Texas Christian University, where he played one season. He then transferred to San Joaquin Delta College for his sophomore season, before spending his final two years at UC Irvine, where he averaged 23.8 points per game as a senior.
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