Aaron Jamal Brooks (born January 14, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 26th overall in the 2007 NBA draft. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2009–10 NBA season.
On June 28, 2007, Brooks was taken 26th overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. During the 2007–08 season, he spent time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
On February 19, 2009, Rafer Alston, the Rockets’ starting point guard at the time, was traded to the Orlando Magic minutes before the trading deadline, making way for Brooks to become the starter. As a starter, he averaged around 14.0 Points and 4.5 assists per game. On April 21, 2009, Brooks scored 11 points in 27 seconds in a First Round 107-103 Playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, in which Brooks played a huge part in Houston’s rally, scoring three 3-pointers and a fast break lay-up. While the Rockets lost that game, they were able to eliminate Portland in six games. Aaron Brooks scored a then career-high 34 points in Game 4 of the 2009 Western Conference semi-finals as the Rockets, without Yao Ming, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to even the series at 2-2. However, the Los Angeles Lakers eventually won the series in 7 games.
After an absence from the NBA during the 2011–12 season, the Suns initially extended a qualifying offer to Brooks for the 2012–13 season, but would later withdraw the offer, thus making Brooks an unrestricted free agent. Three teams that expressed interest in him were the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, and Brooks’ former team, the Houston Rockets. In July 2012, Brooks signed with the Sacramento Kings. He was waived by the Kings on March 1, 2013, and signed with the Rockets on March 5, 2013. On June 30, 2013, he was waived by the Rockets, but on July 19, 2013, he rejoined the team, reaching an agreement on a one-year minimum contract.
On February 20, 2014, Brooks was traded to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jordan Hamilton.
On July 22, 2014, Brooks signed with the Chicago Bulls.
On July 14, 2015, Brooks re-signed with the Bulls.
Career highlights and awards
NBA Most Improved Player (2010)
CBA All-Star (2012)
Third-team All-American – AP (2007)
Second-team All-American – Sporting News (2007)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2007)
McDonald’s All-American (2003)
Men’s basketball Competitor for the United States
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Isla Margarita National team