- Full Name: Dillon Brooks
- Pronunciation: \DILL‐en\
- Twitter: dillonbrooks24
- Instagram: dillonbrooks24
- Position: Small Forward and Shooting Guard
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm)
- Weight: 225 pounds (102 kg)
- Date of Birth: January 22, 1996 (Currently 27 years old)
- Place of Birth: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
- College: Oregon
- Current Team: Houston Rockets (#24, Small Forward/ Shooting Guard)
- Parents: Diane Brooks
- Nationality: Canadian
- NBA Draft Year: 2017 (Round: 2 / Pick: 45)
- Years in the NBA: Joined the Memphis Grizzlies in 2017 and the Houston Rockets in 2023
Dillon Brooks Stats
- Team: Memphis Grizzlies (MEM)
- Games Played (GP): 345
- Games Started (GS): 318
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 28.7
- Points (PTS): 14.5 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 41.6% (5.4-13.1)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 34.2% (1.7-4.9)
- Free Throws (FT): 79.5% (2.0-2.5)
- Rebounds (REB): 3.1 RPG
- Assists (AST): 2.1 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.3 BPG
- Steals (STL): 0.9 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 3.3 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.6 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 5002
- Field Goals (FG): 1875-4510
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 573-1675
- Free Throws (FT): 679-854
- Rebounds (REB): 1073
- Assists (AST): 735
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.4
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.6
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.109
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.48
- Double Doubles (DD2): 0
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 54
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 7
- Disqualifications (DQ): 25
- Ejections (EJECT): 4
Dillon Brooks has demonstrated a consistent performance across the seasons with substantial contributions in scoring, shooting, and other facets of the game, showcasing his significant role in the Memphis Grizzlies’ lineup.
Dillon Brooks 2023-24 Profile
Dillon Brooks became the league’s biggest villain during the 2022-23 season. While Brooks — a 6 foot 7, 225 pound Small Forward and Shooting Guard, now playing for the Houston Rockets— is certainly a smart, feisty wing who plays the game with great intensity, he also likes to run his mouth; which isn’t a problem, in and of itself. But the problem was that his inconsistent play didn’t always back up the trash talk. In fact, Dillon Brook’s comments about LeBron James being “old” during last season’s playoffs ignited the entire Los Angeles Lakers team, which led the Lakers to breeze past the Memphis Grizzlies — Brooks’ former team — in the first round of the 2022-23 NBA playoffs. This is considered a main reason why the Grizzlies parted ways with Dillon Brooks in the offseason.
Yet, now with a new team, Dillon Brooks has the perfect opportunity to alter the league’s (and fans’) perception of him in 2023-24. The only question is whether he’ll take that chance. But before Brooks’ golden opportunity begins, let’s take a look at where he came from, how his NBA career has gone so far, and what we can expect from him in 2023-24.
Dillon Brooks Background
Dillon Brooks was born on January 22, 1996, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. After living in Canada for much of his childhood, Brooks moved to America in order to attend Findlay Prep High School, in Henderson, Nevada. At Findlay, Brooks excelled enough to earn a basketball scholarship to the University of Oregon.
As a freshman at Oregon, Brooke averaged 11.5 points per game and was named to the Pac-12 Conference all-freshman team. By the end of his sophomore season, Brooks was named first-team All-Pac-12 and a third-team All-American. After a foot injury before his junior year, Brooks went on to have another successful junior season as an Oregon Duck — and he decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft once his junior season concluded. In total, Dillon Brooks averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game at Oregon.
Brooks was drafted by the Houston Rockets (the same team that he’s currently playing for) with the 45th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and then was immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies — where his NBA career began.
Brooks’ NBA Career So Far
Dillon Brooks started his NBA career off with a bang. On October 18, 2017, in his NBA debut and during the Grizzlies’ season opener, Brooks scored 19 points — the most points scored by a Canadian-born player in an NBA debut. Dillon Brooks finished the year averaging 11 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.9 steals per game — all while establishing himself as a skilled defensive player.
The Grizzlies made the playoffs for the first time in Brooks’ career in 2021. Once again, Brooks shined in a debut. He scored a season-high 31 points, along with grabbing seven rebounds, to help the Grizzlies to a 112–109 Game 1 victory over the top-seeded Utah Jazz. The Grizzlies would then lose the next four games and be eliminated.
Brooks began earning his villain reputation during the 2022 playoffs, when he was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected after he hit Gary Payton II in the head when he was in the air, which caused Payton to break his elbow in the Western Conference semifinals. Brooks was suspended for Game 3 of the series (which the Grizzlies lost).
Although his 2022-23 campaign was full of various ejections and suspensions (he received 18 technical fouls during the regular season), Dillon Brooks took another step forward in his progression as a defender; so much so that he was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.
And after the Grizzlies lost to the Lakers in the 2022-23 playoffs,Dillon Brooks was acquired by the Houston Rockets as part of a sign-and-trade agreement during the offseason.
Across his NBA career, Dillon Brooks has 14.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
It’s also worth noting that Dillon Brooks plays for Team Canada. And in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer, Brooks was named Best Defensive Player of the Tournament.
Dillon Brooks 2023-24 Season Forecast
Dillon Brooks will be one of the most interesting players in the league to follow next season. In terms of on court skill, we’ve likely seen his ceiling. He brings a well-rounded offensive game, has a high basketball IQ, and has proved an ability to make clutch three-pointers (especially from the corner). He has also established himself as a premiere defender in the league, and possesses leadership qualities — which a young and inexperienced Rockets roster will need from him.
But Brooks’ biggest hurdle is himself. Not only is he often plagued by injuries, but he constantly finds himself in arguments with other players and referees, which then boils over into physical, aggressive play that often harms his team. Here’s where Dillon Brooks needs to make his biggest improvement. If he can calm his temper, stop talking so much trash, and let his on-court play do the talking for him, I expect Dillon Brooks to produce an excellent 2023-24 season — perhaps even contending for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. But it’s a big if, as to whether Brooks can control himself in that manner. Personally, I don’t believe he will. But we’ll just have to wait and see.
Brooks is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets as a Small Forward and Shooting Guard. He was born on January 22, 1996, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Besides his playing, Brooks is known for his intense game and his reputation as the league’s villain, often engaging in trash talk and aggressive play that sometimes results in ejections and suspensions.
On the Rockets, Dillon is expected to be a leader due to his high basketball IQ and premiere defense, especially since the team is young and inexperienced.
He wears the number #24 on his jersey with the Houston Rockets.
Brooks parted ways with the Memphis Grizzlies after his comments about LeBron James during the playoffs ignited the Los Angeles Lakers team, leading to the Grizzlies’ defeat. He was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a sign-and-trade agreement during the offseason.
Brooks has established himself as a skilled defensive player, averaging 14.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists over his career. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team and was the Best Defensive Player of the Tournament in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Dillon Brooks attended the University of Oregon where he averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
Yes, Dillon Brooks has been recognized as an All-Defensive Second Team member in the NBA and was named Best Defensive Player of the Tournament at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
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