Mark Bryant

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Position: Power Forward

Teams:

  • Seton Hall University [1984-1988]
  • Portland Trail Blazers (1988-1995)
  • Houston Rockets (1995-1996)
  • Phoenix Suns (1996-1997)
  • Chicago Bulls (1998-1999)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2000)
  • Dallas Mavericks (2000-2001)
  • San Antonio Spurs (2001-2002)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (2002-2003)
  • Denver Nuggets (2002-2003)
  • Boston Celtics (2002-2003)

Notables:

  • Drafted in the 1st round (21st overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft.
  • Played for a whopping 10 NBA teams in his career.
  • Played in the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Achieved career-bests for the Suns in 1996-97 with 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg and a .553 field goal percentage
  • Scored a career-high 30 points for the Rockets against the Dallas Mavericks on 3/30/96.
  • Averaged 5.4 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game in his career.

COLLEGE

Bryant helped Seton Hall rise to basketball prominence in the late 80’s under the guidance of future NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo. In fact, a 1992 article from The Bergen County Record states that Carlesimo’s first breakthrough as a coach was convincing Bryant, a high school standout from just down the road in South Orange, NJ, to sign with Seton Hall. With Bryant leading the way, SHU made its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. Here is an article on Seton Hall’s rise to prominence in the late 80’s.

This past season (2007-2008), Carlesimo was reunited with Bryant when he hired him to be an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics. The Seattle Times profiled Bryant’s job with the Sonics in a 2007 article.

NBA

Bryant played for 10 teams over 16 seasons, but is best remembered as a Portland Trail Blazer, where he spent 7 seasons and reached the NBA Finals twice (1990 and 1992). He played a key role off the bench for the Blazers, backing up Buck Williams and Kevin Duckworth. He wasn’t a career backup, however. He started 119 games over a 4 year stretch in the late 90’s, including starting 50 games for Cleveland during the 1999-00 season. (Mark Bryant’s career statistics)

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No Mark Bryant in this link, but Blazers fans will get a kick out of it: What you can tell about a guy by who his favorite Blazer is

Bryant once got fined and suspended by the NBA for fighting with Sacramento’s Marty Conlon in a preseason game.

Youtubes:

Rip City Shuffle (Mark Bryant at 30 seconds in a blank jersey! No name on the back!!)

The ’92 Blazers recording their hit song, “Bust a Bucket”

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