Aaron Brooks (basketball)

Aaron Jamal Brooks ( born January 14, 1985 in Seattle ) is an American basketball player. The 1.83 m tall point guard plays for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.


High School

In his first year at Franklin High School in Seattle Brooks scored on average 7.6 points, 16.8 points in the second year and the third year 18.7 points. In his senior year he led the team with an average of 24.3 points, 7.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in a season record of 25 wins with only two losses and for winning the ESL of Washington. The championship game was heavily influenced by the duel between Brooks and Adam Morrison: Brooks contributed to the 67:55 victory with 38 points, Morrison scored 37 points. Following the season, he played (including against LeBron James ) at the McDonald 's All- American Game, to which the 24 best high school players in the country will be invited.


From 2003 to 2007 Brooks played for the University of Oregon ( Nickname: Ducks ). He took over the point guard position of the exchanged in the NBA in the same year Luke Ridnour and was so right from the beginning of his college career in the starting lineup. Despite missed ten games due to a fractured carpal bone, he was appointed in his debut year in the All- Freshman team in the Pacific -10 Conference. On average, he scored 7.0 points, his season high was 17 points against Stanford.

In its second year, Brooks graduated all 27 games and led the Ducks to at points ( average 14.7 ) and in assists ( in section 4.7 ). Both the assists as well as with his free throw rate of 85.5 %, it was the third best in the league. Highlight of the season was a 90:83 win over the University of Southern California, in which he set the sophomore record of his university with 34 points. At the same time, this was the third highest ever points scoring point guard from the University of Oregon.

The following season, Brooks succeeded with 10 points and 10 assists against Howard his first double-double, and he also led the league in assists per the statistics of the loss of the ball ( assists -to- turnover ratio). Overall, however, he played weaker than in the previous season: His season best was 20 points against the University of Southern California and his average dropped to 10.8 points. Inglorious highlight of the season was an elbowing in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament against the University of Washington, after his opponent Ryan Appleby had to be six stitches on his upper lip. Brooks was excluded from the tournament and even locked for two games the following season.

Shortly after the end of the season, his daughter was born, what inspired him henceforth: After the disappointing 2005/06 season Brooks led the Ducks in his last year of college with an average of 17.7 points ( top league ) to win the title of the Pacific -10 Conference and to the quarter finals ( Elite Eight ) of the NCAA tournament. His performance earned him the appointment to the First - Team All- Pac -10 and the Wooden Award All-American Team.


When NBA Draft 2007, the Houston Rockets Brooks selected late in the first round in 26th place of the draft. In its debut year, Brooks was a substitute: it was used in 51 of 82 games and averaged almost 12 minutes to use, but he scored an average of 5.2 points. Even in the playoffs, he was used.

In the first half of the season 2008/ 09 Brooks has been used with increasing frequency; Middle of the season, shortly before the end of the transfer window, then moved up to then -budgetary point guard the Rockets, Rafer Alston, in a swap for the Orlando Magic. So far, only a substitute, Brooks now took place in the starting line-up again. He justified the confidence reposed in him and reached in the other games of the season on average 13.3 points and 3.7 assists. Brooks was selected for the discharged within the framework program of the All- Star Game Rookie Challenge, which compete with the best League newcomers against the best players who are in their second NBA year. In the playoffs, Brooks get 16.8 points and 3.4 assists. He led the Rockets in the first round to win 4-2 against the higher placed Portland Trail Blazers in the second round, including 34 points in Game 4, a scarce 3:4 defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers, the eventual champions.

In the 2009/10 season, Brooks started in all 82 games and came up with an average operating time of 35.6 minutes. On 13 January 2010 he exhibited with 43 points in winning a three -time renewal game against the Minnesota Timberwolves a new Karrierebestmarke on, and on March 17 against the Memphis Grizzlies with seven three-pointers from 7 Try a new team record in successful three-point throws without a miss. At the end of the season Brooks had 209 triple and thus the league will score the most three ( which he at the same time a new team record for the Houston Rockets aufstellte ), and became only the sixth player in the NBA history, in the same season at least 200 three-point throws and at least 400 assists reach. His points haul he increased from 11.2 to 19.6 and his assists from 3.0 to 5.3 per game. With a big lead, he was elected at a end of the season of the NBA organized vote among 123 sports journalists for Most Improved Player of the season.

Early in the season 2010/ 11, in the fifth season game, Brooks injured his ankle and had to pause half months. He had trouble getting back into shape, and lost his job as -budgetary point guard Kyle Lowry to his replacement. More and more frustrated with the reserve player, Brooks a one-match suspension by the Rockets traded 5 February 2011 during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on by him, when he was replaced 6:45 minutes left, directly into the cabin disappeared, instead of on the substitutes ' bench. On 24 February 2011 Brooks was transferred in exchange for Goran Dragic and a first- round pick to the Phoenix Suns, where he left the two-time MVP Steve Nash in 26 games was used as a second point guard and his achievements could increase again.

On 17 November 2011 he wrote in light of the NBA lockout a contract for one season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China, due to a corresponding rule of the CBA without exit clause. The Southern Tigers, he was vice-champion.

After his contract expired in China, Brooks returned to 2012/13 season back in the NBA and signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings. There he first came off the bench as a second point guard behind Isaiah Thomas. In the meantime, he took his place in the starting lineup, but could not meet the expectations set him and lost his place again to Thomas, Jimmer Fredette was also charged to him more and more playing time. As Sacramento had in the course of a player exchange Toney Douglas, another point guard, got, the team agreed with him in early March 2013, a resolution of his contract - in short before a deadline, according to the he in the playoffs for another team no longer would have been eligible to play. Subsequently, Brooks returned to Houston, where he signed a contract for the rest of the season with a team option for a further season. This option has not been taken on the part of the Rockets and the contract already ended after a few months. Before the new season, he signed again in Houston.

February 2014 he was transferred from the Rockets to the Denver Nuggets.



Private life

  • Brooks is married and has three daughters (* 2006 and * 2010 Gemini ).
  • In his studies he specialized in political science.