Frank Brickowski

Quick Hits

Position: Power Forward

Teams:

  • Penn State (1978-1981)
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv (1983-1984)
  • Seattle SuperSonics (1984-86, 1995-96)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (1987)
  • San Antonio Spurs (1987-1990)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (1991-1994)
  • Charlotte Hornets (1994)
  • Boston Celtics (1996-1997)

Notables:

  • 57th overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks (began his professional career in Italy and never played with the Knicks)
  • Was a member of the Seattle Supersonics’ 1996 NBA Finals team.
  • Perhaps best remembered for his very physical defense against Dennis Rodman in the ’96 NBA Finals, which led to several technical and flagrant fouls. (see video below)
  • Best season was 1992-93, when he averaged 16.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for Milwaukee
  • Averaged 10.0 ppg and 4.7 rpg over his 12-year career
  • Retired in 1997

Brickowski was the 57th overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft (NY Knicks). However, he never played with the Knicks and began his professional career in Italy. Who else was a part of the 1981 NBA Draft and never played with the team that drafted him?

Tony Gwynn (you bet)

Don’t believe us?

Check out this list of players who were drafted in the NBA but went on to have successful careers in other professional sports.

Off-Court Issues

Before there was Damon Stoudamire, there was Brickowski: During the the 1991-1992 season, Brickowski was found with an ounce of marijuana at his Montana ranch. Brickowski pleaded guilty, and was forced to pay a $2,000 fine and undergo drug counseling. But honestly, this was just an isolated incident and marijuana use isn’t prevalent in the NBA. Right?

A list of players Brickowski was traded for during his career (remember these guys?):

Pétur Guðmundsson

Paul Pressey

Mike Gminski

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You may think that current Bucks center Andrew Bogut would have already surpassed anything Frank Brickowski ever did as a Buck… but think again.

There hasn’t been a Bucks center who has averaged above 15 ppg since Frank Brickowski finished with 15.2 points per game in 1993-94. (Bogut finished with 14.1 ppg last season)

(Andrew Bogut)

Brickowski vs. Rodman

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