Skip to main content

One-hit wonder — whatever happened to Houston Rockets’ Aaron Brooks?

Aaron Brooks played like an All-Star player in 2009-2010 season. However, his performances dipped due to injuries and alleged attitude problems.
Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

Before Isaiah Thomas, there was Aaron Brooks. Standing at only 6’0”, the scoring guard proved heart matters over height. He once averaged All-Star numbers for a season, then dipped after that. Here's what happened to Aaron Brooks.

Aaron Brooks’ breakout season

Brooks was drafted 26th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. He registered 5.2 points per game during his rookie year and hiked it up to 11.2 points per game in his second year. Meanwhile, Brooks had his breakout season in his third year in the NBA after averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, both career-highs. At that time, Aaron was a menace on the floor, a streaky shooter with an array of shifty drives to the basket.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Brooks benefited from extended minutes on the floor after the team went on a semi-rebuild. Yao Ming, Ron Artest, Tracy McGrady, and Carl Landry were gone during the season, and the scoring void had to have been filled by someone who wasn’t gun shy. He may be diminutive, but that didn’t stop him from scoring at will. Because of his eye-popping numbers, Aaron won the 2010 Most Improved Player award. Fans had reason to hope for the team’s future, but it all went downward for the former University of Oregon star.

Injuries and attitude problems

Brooks suffered a serious ankle injury which caused him to miss 22 games. In his absence, players such as Kyle Lowry stepped up. Kevin Martin provided offense while Courtney Lee added height and length to the guard rotation. In short, the Rockets were fine even without Aaron on the floor.

He mistimed his recovery and returned to the game too soon. Brooks struggled and also saw his minutes and numbers dip after. At one point, the Rockets suspended him for a game for leaving a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. That seemed to be the last straw as he was soon traded for Goran Dragic. Unfortunately for Brooks, he wasn’t able to replicate the same success he had in his breakout season for the Rockets. Since then, he bounced off different teams and even played briefly in China.

Aaron last played in Australia in 2019, but after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon, he decided to hang it up for good. Brooks may not have played in any All-Star games, but for one season, he played like one. Winning a Most Improved Player is a feat in itself, and he should be proud of how his career turned out despite the obstacles and challenges he faced. 

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins

“I did not shake Larry Bird’s hand for 13 years” — Dominique Wilkins reveals the truth about his rivalry with Larry Bird

Wilkins said that he and Larry never really had to talk or shake hands to let each other know that the respect was there.

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kobe Bryant and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker

How Kobe Bryant learned to speak french so he could trash talk Tony Parker

Tony Parker did his best not to react to Kobe Bryant's french but deep inside he couldn't stop laughing.

Elton John and Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand

“Well you rebound like Elton John” — Elton Brand explains why he only lasted 24 hours on Twitter

Elton Brand did not find social media useful. Instead, he saw it as a platform where random people can easily insult him.

Karl-Malone-John-Stockton

“They should be honored because they got to play with me” — Greg Ostertag's epic tribute to Karl Malone and John Stockton

Ostertag explained why Stockton and Malone should be everyone's rolemodels if they want to be great in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"My wife is like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’" - Kevin Garnett admits he felt the itch to make an NBA return

Kevin Garnett admitted that at one point, he thought his body was urging him to make an epic NBA return.

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum signs a two-year, $64 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans

With McCollum now secured for the future alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans are a team to keep an eye on.