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Rick Brunson

Rick Brunson
File:20140322 Rick Brunson 2.JPG
Brunson watching the 2014 IHSA tournament at the Peoria Civic Center
Personal information
Born (1972-06-14) June 14, 1972 (age 43)
Syracuse, New York
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Salem (Salem, Massachusetts)
College Temple (1991–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Undrafted
Pro career 1995–2006
Position Guard
Number 9, 11, 40, 5
Career history
1995–1996 Adelaide 36ers (Australia)
1996–1997 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1997 Connecticut Pride (CBA)
1997–1998 Portland Trail Blazers
1998–1999 Connecticut Pride (CBA)
1999–2000 New York Knicks
2000 Boston Celtics
2000–2001 New York Knicks
2001–2002 Portland Trail Blazers
2002–2003 Chicago Bulls
2003 Toronto Raptors
2003–2004 Chicago Bulls
2004 Progresso Castelmaggiore (Italy)
2004–2005 Los Angeles Clippers
2005–2006 Seattle SuperSonics
2006 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,090 (3.2 ppg)
Rebounds 447 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 876 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

Eric Daniel "Rick" Brunson[1] (born June 14, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played 9 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and has also worked as an assistant coach for several teams. He played college basketball for Temple.

Professional playing career

Born in Syracuse, New York, he attended Salem High School, becoming the only McDonald's All-American Game from Massachusetts in 1991.[2] Brunson graduated from Temple University. Not drafted by any NBA team in 1995, he played for the Adelaide 36ers[3] in Australia in 1995-96 for whom he was their season MVP,[4] and in the CBA next season. He was signed as a free agent by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1997–98, playing again in the CBA at the start of the 1998–99 season. Brunson then signed with the New York Knicks, and was a member of the 1999 Eastern Conference championship team. In 2000–01, he started off with the Boston Celtics, but finished the season with the Knicks again. He rejoined the Trail Blazers in 2001–02. He then signed with the Chicago Bulls the next season, splitting between the Bulls and the Toronto Raptors in 2003–04, before moving on to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004–05. A breakout season in which he averaged a career-high 5.5 points per game landed him a 2005–06 contract with the Seattle SuperSonics, but only appeared in four games due to injury. On February 28, 2006, the Sonics waived Brunson. He was subsequently signed by the Houston Rockets, with whom he finished his ninth and final season as a professional basketball player.

Coaching career

From January to April 2007, Brunson worked as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, focusing on player development. From 2007 to 2009, he was with the University of Virginia as the Cavaliers' director of basketball operations. In May 2009, Brunson was hired as assistant coach for the Hartford Hawks men's basketball team.[5] On September 9, 2010, Brunson was hired as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls.

During the 2012–13 season, Brunson served as an assistant coach to Mike Dunlap on the Charlotte Bobcats' staff.

Career highlights

  • Career Scoring Average
  • 3.2
  • Scoring Average - Career High
  • 5.5 (04-05)
  • Most Points in a Season
  • 437 (04-05)
  • Most Points in a Game
  • 19 (for Portland against the L.A. Lakers 02/04/98)
  • Career Points Scored
  • 1,090
  • Average Minutes Per Game (Career)
  • 13.5
  • Most Blocks in a Season
  • 7 (04-05)
  • Most Offensive Rebounds in a Season
  • 23 (01-02 and 04-05)
  • Most Free Throws Made - Game


File:20150321 IHSA Class 4A championship game Rick Brunson embraces Jalen as Sandra Brunson looks on.JPG
Brunson embraces son Jalen as Sandra Brunson looks on after winning the 2015 IHSA Class 4A championship.

His son Jalen was named the 2014 and 2015 Illinois Boy's Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior,[7][8] was named to the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game roster,[9] was named Illinois Mr. Basketball,[10] and led his team to the 2015 Illinois High School Association Class 4A championship.[11][12] Brunson and wife Sandra have had two children: Jalen (born 1996) and Erica (born c. 2000/01).[13][14] They met at Temple University where Rick played for the Owls men's basketball team and Sandra played volleyball.[13] Rick went on to spend nine seasons in the NBA.[14] The family first settled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey but moved seven times before settling in Lincolnshire, Illinois in 2010 where Jalen played his high school career for Stevenson High School.[13]

In 2014, Brunson was indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery.[15]


  1. ^ BULLS: Rick Brunson Player Profile at the Wayback Machine (archived October 5, 2002)
  2. ^ Bonato, Bryan (2014-05-11). "Chris Herren, Jalen Brunson’s dad reunite at Stevenson High presentation". Lake County News-Sun. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ Sixers No. 1 for Tyndale
  4. ^ Adelaide 36ers: Year-by-Year History
  5. ^ ESPN - Andy Katz Blog: 10 programs primed to rise this season
  6. ^ Rick Brunson Career Statistics, Retrieved on 23-03-2008.
  7. ^ "Stevenson High School Standout Named Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year" (PDF). Gatorade. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ Narang, Bob (2015-03-20). "Boys basketball: After season, Morgan Park's LoVett to tackle recruitment". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  9. ^ Borzello, Jeff (2015-01-28). "East, West rosters unveiled". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  10. ^ Mayor, Rich (2015-03-24). "Boys basketball: Stevenson's Jalen Brunson wins Mr. Basketball of Illinois". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  11. ^ Helfgot, Mike (2015-03-21). "Boys basketball: Jalen Brunson, Stevenson win first state title". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  12. ^ Reynolds, Dave (2015-03-22). "Stevenson all-stater Jalen Brunson does talking on court". The Journal Star. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  13. ^ a b c Breen, Matt (2014-06-21). "Temple, Villanova on Jalen Brunson's list". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  14. ^ a b "Jalen Brunson". USA Basketball. 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
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