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Aaron Brooks
Aaron Brooks.jpg
Houston Rockets  – No. 0
Point Guard
Born January 14, 1985 (1985-01-14) (age 25)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 161 lb (73 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,118,520
High school Benjamin Franklin High School
Seattle, Washington
College Oregon
Draft 1st round, (26th overall), 2007
Houston Rockets
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2007)
Awards 2007 Third Team All-American
2007 All-Pac-10 Team
2005 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
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Aaron Jamal Brooks (born January 14, 1985, in Seattle, Washington) is an American basketball player who is currently the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets. He was selected 26th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.[1]

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High school

Brooks, a high profile recruit out of Franklin High School in Seattle, "earned just about every honor possible" while leading his team to the Washington 4A State Championship as a senior.[citation needed] As a high school senior he averaged 24.3 points, 7.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.[citation needed] In that championship game, Brooks went head-to-head with future Gonzaga Bulldog and NBA player Adam Morrison. Brooks finished with 38 points in the 67-55 win. Morrison finished with 37 in the loss but was still named Tournament MVP after matching the then four-game scoring total.

College

Brooks finished his college career at the University of Oregon in 2007. He was a four-year starter for the Ducks, and finished his career with 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. In his first year at Oregon, Brooks took over the starting point guard role previously occupied by current NBA guard Luke Ridnour. Despite missing 10 games with a broken bone in his wrist, Brooks earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. Brooks was named honorable mention all-Pac-10 for his efforts as a sophomore, a season which included a 34 point effort against USC. After a disappointing junior year at Oregon culminating in a suspension during a game against Washington, Brooks rebounded to become one of the leading candidates for Pac-10 Player of the Year. He led the Ducks to a number of key victories, including game winners over then #1 ranked UCLA and then #10 Arizona in Tucson. Brooks scored a team high 31 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in an overtime road win against then top 25 ranked Washington State, helping to hand the Cougars their first home loss of the 2006-07 season. At the half-way mark of Pac-10 conference play, Brooks was averaging 19.1 points and 4.5 assists per game in leading Oregon to a top 10 ranking and a 19-2 overall record. The Ducks went on to finish in a tie for third place in the Pac-10, and won the Pac-10 Championship tournament following an impressive three day run over Arizona, Cal and USC. Oregon advanced to the Midwest Regional Final where they lost to defending champion Florida. On March 5, Brooks was announced as one of 22 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is given to the top college basketball player in the nation. On March 28, Brooks was one of 10 players named to the Wooden All-American Team. He won the men's three point shootout on March 29, 2007, to finish off his NCAA career, but lost the "battle of the sexes" to Katie Gearlds of Purdue University. His major was political science.

NBA

On June 28, 2007, Brooks was taken 26th overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

On February 19, 2009, Rafer Alston, the Rockets' starting point guard at the time, was traded to the Orlando Magic minutes before the trading deadline, making way for Brooks to become the starter. As a starter, he averaged around 14.0 Points and 4.5 assists per game. Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 34 points in Game 4 of the 2009 Western Conference semi-finals as the Rockets, without Yao Ming, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to even the series at 2-2.[2] However, the Los Angeles Lakers eventually won the series in 7 games.

On January 13, 2010, Brooks scored a new career high of 43 points in a triple overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[3] On March 15, 2010, Brooks scored the game winning shot against the Denver Nuggets with 2.9 seconds left in the game. On March 17, 2010, Brooks shot 7-7 from behind the three arc against the Memphis Grizzlies, setting a new franchise record.

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Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Houston 51 0 11.9 .413 .330 .857 1.1 1.7 0.2 0.1 5.2
2008–09 Houston 80 35 25.0 .404 .366 .866 2.0 3.0 0.6 0.1 11.2
2009-10 Houston 63 63 36.0 .432 .374 .809 2.6 5.1 1.0 0.2 19.8
Career   194 98 24.3 .413 .356 .844 1.9 3.3 0.6 0.1 12.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Houston 6 0 8.3 .320 .000 .818 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 4.2
2008–09 Houston 13 13 34.2 .453 .422 .804 2.6 3.4 0.4 0.2 16.8
Career   19 13 25.9 .436 .365 .807 2.1 2.5 0.3 0.2 12.8

Awards (college career)

  • 2007 AP All-American (Third Team)[4]
  • 2007 John Wooden All-American Team
  • 2007 NCAA 3-Point-Shootout Champion
  • 2007 All-Pac-10 Team
  • 2005 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Team
  • 2004 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team

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