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|Drafted By:||New York Knicks|
|College:||Washington State University|
Brian Quinnett (born May 30, 1966 in Pullman Washington) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade with the New York Knicks on February 20, 1992, in exchange for center James Donaldson.
Quinnett played his college ball at Washington State where he saw his scoring average rise each season from 5.9 points-per-game as a freshman to 18.4 ppg as a senior.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NBA draft by the Knick where, as a rookie, he appeared in 31 games averaging 1.3 ppg.
His second season in the NBA offered the 6'8 forward more court time as he played in 68 games while averaging 4.7 ppg and 2.1 rebounds per game.
In the 1991-1992 season, Quinnett began the year in New York, averaging 3.1 ppg over 24 games. He was traded to the Mavs at the trade deadline in February and stayed with the team the remainder of that season. He saw action in 15 games for Dallas and averaged 2.7 ppg. He enjoyed his career-high of 8 points on April 19, 1992, in 17 minutes on the floor against the Denver Nuggets.
With his contract up at the end of the season, Quinnett went on to play in both the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain with CB Murcia. Surgery to remove a large fragmented piece of disk in his back ended his NBA career and, effectively, his basketball career entirely.
He attended the University of Idaho where he received his Masters Degree in Sports Psychology and Counseling. Today he works at the QPR Institute where he manages the institute's web-based suicide prevention education program for professionals. QPR stands for "Question, Persuade and Refer - three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.