Mark Bryant

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Mark Bryant
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 245
Nationality: American
Born: 4/25/1965
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, CA
Draft: First Round
Drafted By: Portland Trailblazers
College: Seton Hall University
NBA Career: 1988-2003
Mavs Tenure: 2000-2001

Mark Bryant (born April 25, 1965 in Glen Ridge, California) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks, as a free agent, on November 28, 2000.

Bryant, who attended high school in New Jersey, opted to stay close to home and, along with Coach P.J. Carlesimo, rebuild the Seton Hall University basketball program. He made an immediate impact on the Pirates' program averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman. His scoring average rose each season before averaging 20.5 points as a senior where he was selected first team All-Big East and led Seton Hall to the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Portland Trail Blazers selected Bryant in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft. The 6'9 forward played in Portland for seven seasons helping lead the Blazers to the NBA Finals in both 1990 and 1992.

From there Bryant began a run that would see him play for nine teams over the next eight seasons. From Portland he moved to Houston in 1995-1996 where he averaged 8.6 ppg and had his career-high game in points (30) against the Mavericks on March 20, 1996. The next season found Bryant in Phoenix where he posted career-best numbers with a 9.3 scoring average and a 5.2 rebound average. After a second season with the Suns, he had one season each in Chicago and Cleveland.

On November 28, 2000, he signed a free agent contract with Dallas. Although he was with the Mavs throughout the '00-'01 campaign, he saw action in only 18 games averaging 1.1 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 5.6 minutes. He did see action, however, in four of the team's five playoff games against Utah that season.

Bryant moved to San Antonio in 2001-2002 appearing in 30 games and split the next season, his last in the NBA, with three teams: Philadelphia (11 games), Denver (3 games) and Boston (2 games).

Since his retirement he has moved into coaching where he was a member of the Mavs' staff as a Player Development Coach in 2004-2005, an assistant coach with Orlando in 2006-2007 and, has spent six season as an assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is also the head coach of the Thunder's NBA Summer League team.