|No. 9, 11, 40, 5|
June 14, 1972 |
Syracuse, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Salem (Salem, Massachusetts)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1995–2006|
|1995–1996||Adelaide 36ers (Australia)|
|1996–1997||Quad City Thunder (CBA)|
|1997; 1998–1999||Connecticut Pride (CBA)|
|1997–1998||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1999–2000||New York Knicks|
|2000–2001||New York Knicks|
|2001–2002||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2004||Progresso Castelmaggiore (Italy)|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Clippers|
|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 Basketball-Reference.com|
Eric (Rick) Daniel Brunson (born June 14, 1972, in Syracuse, New York) 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
He attended Salem High School, becoming the only McDonald's All-American Game from Massachusetts in 1991. Brunson graduated from Temple University. Not drafted by any NBA team in 1995, he played for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia in 1995-96 for whom he was their season MVP, 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.
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. On September 9, 2010, Brunson was hired as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls.
- Career Scoring Average
- 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
- Average Minutes Per Game (Career)
- 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
- 7 (Twice)
His son Jalen was named the 2014 Illinois Boy's Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. Brunson and wife Sandra have had two children: Jalen (born 1996) and Erica (born c. 2000/01). They met at Temple University where Rick played for the Owls men's basketball team and Sandra played volleyball. Rick went on to spend nine seasons in the NBA. 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.
- BULLS: Rick Brunson Player Profile at the Wayback Machine (archived October 5, 2002)
- Bonato, Bryan (2014-05-11). "Chris Herren, Jalen Brunson’s dad reunite at Stevenson High presentation". Lake County News-Sun. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Sixers No. 1 for Tyndale
- Adelaide 36ers: Year-by-Year History
- ESPN - Andy Katz Blog: 10 programs primed to rise this season
- Rick Brunson Career Statistics, NBA.com Retrieved on 23-03-2008.
- "Stevenson High School Standout Named Gatorade Illinios Boys Basketball Player of the Year". Gatorade. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
- Breen, Matt (2014-06-21). "Temple, Villanova on Jalen Brunson's list". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philly.com. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- "Jalen Brunson". USA Basketball. 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2014-06-24.