Mark Bryant (basketball)
Mark Craig Bryant (born April 25, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (21st overall pick) of the 1988 NBA draft. Bryant played for 10 NBA teams during his career, averaging 5.4 ppg and appeared in the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals as a member of the Blazers. He played collegiately at Seton Hall University. He is currently an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns.
|Born||April 25, 1965|
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Columbia (Maplewood, New Jersey)|
|College||Seton Hall (1984–1988)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Number||2, 9, 11|
|1988–1995||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2001–2002||San Antonio Spurs|
|2004–2005||Dallas Mavericks (assistant)|
|2005–2007||Orlando Magic (assistant)|
|2007–2019||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)|
|2019–present||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,313 (5.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,992 (3.8 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
In the 1995–96 NBA season with the Houston Rockets, he averaged 8.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg while playing 71 games. The next season, Bryant averaged career-high averages of 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game with the Phoenix Suns while playing 41 regular season games that season.
Bryant first became an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2004–05 season. He then was an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic from 2005 to 2007. Bryant also became an assistant coach for the Seattle SuperSonics during their last official season in the league before the team moved to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant remained an assistant coach for the Thunder through the end of the 2018–19 NBA season. Before the start of the 2019–20 NBA season, Bryant was hired as assistant coach by the Phoenix Suns, returning to the franchise where he played as a player to join new Head Coach Monty Williams' staff.
Bryant was one of the first players in NBA history to complete the Texas Triple, as he was a member of all three of the state's NBA franchises.
- Mark Bryant Stats, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed January 7, 2018. "Born: April 25, 1965 (Age: 52-257d) in Glen Ridge, New Jersey"
- Martinez, Michael. "College Basketball '87: Seton Hall; Carlesimo Starts To Lookup", The New York Times, January 11, 1987. Accessed December 23, 2007. "The team's pivotal player is Mark Bryant, a 6-foot-9-inch junior from South Orange, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds against Georgetown."
- Rowe, John. "PJ GIVING IT HIS ALL", The Record (Bergen County), March 25, 1992. "His first breakthrough was convincing Mark Bryant of Columbia High School in Maplewood to come to the Hall."