Kevin Brooks (basketball)

Kevin Brooks (born October 12, 1969) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League (NBL). Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, Brooks is a graduate of White Castle High School in White Castle, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Kevin Brooks
Adelaide 36ers
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueNBL
Personal information
Born (1969-10-12) October 12, 1969 (age 50)
Beaufort, South Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolWhite Castle
(White Castle, Louisiana)
CollegeLouisiana (1987–1991)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1991–2004
PositionForward
Number43
Coaching career2005–present
Career history
As player:
19911994Denver Nuggets
1994–1995Rapid City Thrillers
1995Shreveport Crawdads
1995–1996San Diego Wildcards
1997–1998AA Guaru
1998Atenas de Córdoba
1998–1999Adelaide 36ers
1999Atenas de Córdoba
1999–2000Sydney Kings
2000–2001Adelaide 36ers
2001–2002Södertälje BBK
2002Wellington Saints
2003–2004Hunter Pirates
As coach:
2005Woodville Warriors
2005Adelaide 36ers (assistant)
2006Wollongong Hawks (assistant)
2007Wellington Saints
2013–presentAdelaide 36ers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

CareerEdit

NBAEdit

Brooks was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round as the 18th pick of the 1991 NBA draft. Traded to the Denver Nuggets, he played 126 games in three seasons from 1991–1994, averaging 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.

NBLEdit

With the Adelaide 36ers looking for a second import player for the 1998 NBL season, Brooks' friend and former Nuggets teammate Darnell Mee recommended him to the 36ers and they signed the former Nuggets forward to play for two seasons. After his first training session with the team, Brooks' teammates thought he would not last a week in the NBL with his shooting style that saw him release the ball almost from behind his head. However, they soon found Brooks was for real when he scored 20 points in his debut NBL game against the Townsville Suns before going on to average 19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games. Under the rookie coaching of Australian basketball legend Phil Smyth, and with others such as Darnell Mee, team captain and 1996 Olympian Brett Maher, former Perth Wildcats championship forward Martin Cattalini, centre Paul Rees and veteran forward Mark Davis, Brooks went on to win back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999. Brooks was named the NBL Grand Final MVP in 1998 during the 36ers 2–0 sweep of the South East Melbourne Magic, averaging 22.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists over the series.[1]

With largely the same team as in 1998, Brooks and the 36ers became back to back champions by winning the 1998–99 Grand Final series 2–1 over the Victoria Titans (the NBL changed from a winter to summer season at the conclusion of the 1998 season). In his second season in Australia, Brooks continued his good form averaging 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 33 games and was named in the All-NBL First Team.[2] In 98 games for the 36ers (1998–99 and 2000–01) Brooks averaged 18.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 98 games with the 36ers.

In 1999–2000, the NBL refused to let Adelaide register Brooks as it was believed doing so would put the 36ers over the leagues salary cap. Instead Brooks played for the Sydney Kings. While he impressed for the Kings under the coaching of Brett Brown, Brooks never seemed settled and at the end of the season returned to the 36ers for 2000–01. After the team reached the Semi-finals, Brooks was off to Södertälje BBK in Sweden for a season before returning down under, this time to New Zealand when he joined the Wellington Saints for 2002.

Brooks then moved to back to the NBL and the Newcastle based Hunter Pirates in 2003–04. In his international career, Brooks has competed in France, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Sweden & New Zealand.[3]

CoachingEdit

Brooks started his managerial career as head coach of the Australian Basketball Association Woodville Warriors in Adelaide where in his inaugural year, led the Warriors to the 2005 ABA championship. In June 2005 he joined the Stamford Grand Basketball Academy in Adelaide, South Australia as first an assistant coach and then head coach the following season, training a future player-base for the 36ers.

Shortly thereafter, Brooks accepted the position of 2nd assistant coach with his former team, the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL. The following season, he became the 1st assistant coach with the Wollongong Hawks for the next two years. He was also the head coach of his former New Zealand NBL team the Wellington Saints in 2007.

Brooks is currently the Executive Producer and Analyst of a weekly live, internet basketball show on Australia Live TV entitled, Inside the Game,[4] as well as assistant coach for the Pembroke School and head coach at St Paul's College (based in Adelaide) basketball teams. In 2017, Brooks became the head coach of the Nazareth Catholic College basketball program.

On 21 May 2013, Brooks signed with the Adelaide 36ers as one of the 2013–14 assistant coaches to new head coach Joey Wright, returning for his second assistant coaching stint with the club.[5] Under Wright, the 36ers went from the bottom of the league in 2012–13, to Grand Finalists in 2013–14. As of the 2016–17 NBL season, Brooks remains Joey Wright's assistant coach with the 36ers.

NBL Honour rollEdit

NBL career: 1998–2001, 2003–2004
NBL Grand Final appearances: 2 (1998, 1998–99)
NBL Championships: 2 (1998, 1998–99)
NBL Finals appearances: 3 (1998, 1998–99, 2000–01)
NBL Grand Final MVP: 1 (1998)
All NBL First Team: 1 (1999)

Career statsEdit

NBAEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1991-92 Denver Nuggets 37 0 7.3 .443 .182 .810 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.1 2.8
1992-93 Denver Nuggets 55 2 10.4 .399 .231 .875 1.5 0.6 0.2 0.0 4.1
1993-94 Denver Nuggets 34 0 5.6 .364 .174 .900 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.1 2.5
Career 126 2 8.2 .401 .200 .859 1.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 3.3

NBLEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season(s) in which Brooks won an NBL championship
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998 Adelaide 36ers 31 31 38.9 .496 .445 .798 6.7 1.3 0.7 0.6 19.4
1998–99 Adelaide 36ers 33 33 41.6 .417 .374 .777 6.1 1.5 0.6 0.4 17.3
1999–2000 Sydney Kings 27 27 41.2 .457 .422 .833 6.2 1.5 0.6 0.6 16.8
2000–01 Adelaide 36ers 34 34 39.2 .420 .390 .847 7.1 2.1 0.4 0.5 19.6
2003–04 Hunter Pirates 33 33 37.7 .414 .335 .898 5.7 1.8 0.6 0.5 16.8
Career 158 158 39.7 .439 .389 .831 6.4 1.7 0.6 0.5 18.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adelaide 36ers 1998 Champions - The Finals
  2. ^ Kevin Brooks - 1998-99 NBL season
  3. ^ "Kings emerge from a pack of jokers". smh.com.au. January 10, 2003. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ AustraliaLiveTV.com
  5. ^ "KB back to Assist at Sixers". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-05-21.

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