|Birthplace:||French Camp, CA|
Scott Brooks (born July 31, 1965 in French Camp, California) was obtained by the Mavericks in a trade with Houston on February 23, 1995, in exchange for guard Morlon Wiley and a 1995 second round draft choice.
Brooks played his freshman year of college basketball in Ft. Worth at TCU before transferring to San Joaquin Delta College for his second season. He finished his college career at the University of California - Irvine where he finished in the top 20 in the nation in scoring his senior year at 23.8 points per game. He also led the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in scoring, steals and free throw percentage that year.
Undrafted after graduation, Brooks joined the CBA's Albany Patroons where he was named to the 1988 CBA All-Star team and helped lead the Patroons to the league championship that season.
The following season he was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers where he saw action in all 82 of the team's games his rookie season and posted a career-best 3.7 assists per game. After a second year in the City of Brotherly Love, Brooks moved to Minnesota for two seasons.
In 1992-1993 he joined the Houston Rockets and, again playing in all 82 of the team's regular season games, averaged 6.3 ppg in just over eighteen minutes of action per game. The next season he was a pivotal part of the Rockets' NBA Championship team.
He began the 1993-1994 season in Houston but was traded to Dallas in February of that season. Despite playing only 31 games with the Mavs over the rest of the season, he posted a career-best 7.9 ppg average in 20 minutes of action per night.
Returning to the Mavericks the next season, Brooks played in 69 games, backing up starter Jason Kidd, and averaged 5.1 ppg.
The 5'11 point guard played two final seasons, one in New York and one in Cleveland, before wrapping up a career that saw him play in 680 NBA games.
A natural floor leader, the fact that coaching was in Brooks' future came as no surprise. After stints as an assistant in Denver and Sacramento, opportunity came knocking on November 22, 2008 when Brooks assumed head coaching duties of the Oklahoma City Thunder from P.J. Carlesimo.
Since then, Brooks has been named NBA Coach of the Year in 2009-2010 following a 50-win season and been selected to coach the 2012 Western Confernce in the NBA All-Star game. In the summer of 2012, the Thunder signed him to a long-term contract.