Elton Brand

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Elton Brand
Elton Brand in March 2013.jpg
Brand with the Mavericks
Free Agent
Position Power Forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1979-03-11) March 11, 1979 (age 35)
Peekskill, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school Peekskill (Peekskill, New York)
College Duke (1997–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 1999–present
Career history
19992001 Chicago Bulls
20012008 Los Angeles Clippers
20082012 Philadelphia 76ers
2012–2013 Dallas Mavericks
2013–2014 Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who currently is a free agent. He last played for the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected with first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, and has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Mavericks.

Early life[edit]

Brand was born in Cortlandt Manor, New York. At the age of thirteen, he enrolled in Peekskill High School, where he was immediately added to the varsity basketball roster. He averaged 40 points and 20 rebounds per game, played AAU basketball with future NBA players Lamar Odom and Ron Artest, and by his senior year he was consistently ranked among the top high school basketball players in the country and was selected as New York State Mr. Basketball. At the same time, he became something of a cult hero in Peekskill, helping his team win two state championships while demonstrating a humble calm and intelligence. The former Governor of New York, fellow Peekskill native George Pataki, was once asked about being the town's favorite son, and he answered that he was not the favorite but Elton Brand was. Recruited heavily after his successful high school career, Brand decided to enroll at Duke University alongside a cluster of other high school stars, including Shane Battier.

College[edit]

As a sophomore, Brand was the dominant inside presence for a Duke team that is widely regarded as one of the most talented teams in recent NCAA history. After leading the Blue Devils to the championship game of the Final Four—where they were upset by the Connecticut Huskies—Brand was named the consensus National Player of the Year. He subsequently decided to leave Duke after his sophomore season and apply for the 1999 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick. Brand, along with William Avery and future teammate Corey Maggette, was one of the first players in Duke basketball history to leave school early for the NBA Draft. All three entered the NBA draft instead of returning to Duke.

NBA career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (1999–2001)[edit]

In his rookie season, Brand averaged 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. His only frustrations came as a result of the Bulls' losing record —- he had come out on the losing end of very few basketball games before coming to Chicago. In May 2000, Brand shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis.

Through much of the 2000–01 season Brand was hailed as the linchpin of a possible new Chicago dynasty. Brand averaged 20.1 points-per-game and 10.1 rebounds per game; his 3.9 offensive rebounds per game were the second-best in the NBA.

Los Angeles Clippers (2001–2008)[edit]

After two successful seasons with the Bulls, Brand was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2001 for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler.[1] In 2002, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team.[2]

When Brand became a restricted free agent in 2003, the Miami Heat made an offer worth $82 million over six years.[3] In what was an unprecedented move by team owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers matched Miami's offer and managed to keep Brand a Clipper. Prior to this, the biggest contract Sterling had approved to that point was a five-year, $15 million deal for Eric Piatkowski in 1998.[4]

In the 2006 NBA season, Brand experienced a personal renaissance. He posted career-highs in points per game (24.7) and field-goal percentage (52.7), while leading the Clippers to a 47–35 record, good enough for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. In February 2006, Brand was selected to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve forward for the West. As a result of his individual prowess and the Clippers' recent success, many analysts[who?] believed that he was a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player for the 2006 season; however, Steve Nash went on to win the award. On April 22, 2006, Brand made his playoff debut scoring 21 points against the Denver Nuggets. On May 1, Brand helped lead the team to its first playoff series win since 1976, when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves. Although the Clippers eventually lost in game 7 of the second round (Western Conference Semifinals) against the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers had the best season that their franchise had ever seen. Brand received the Joe Dumars Trophy after being named the 2005–06 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.[5]

Following his stellar 2005–06 season, Brand regressed somewhat in the following season. His scoring average in 2006–07 dropped and the Clippers missed the playoffs.

He missed most of the 2007–08 season due to a ruptured left Achilles' tendon. However, Brand made his return to the Clippers' lineup April 2, 2008 after being out since the end of the previous season. He contributed 19 points in his return. Brand played in only eight games that season.

Brand opted out of the final year of his contract and became a free agent. However, he said that he hoped to resign with the Clippers. He gave up the $16.4 million on the last year of his contract with the Clippers to test the free agent waters. According to ESPN, sources have reported that Brand chose to opt out from his contract in order to provide Clippers with more payroll flexibility in hopes of strengthening their roster.[6] This came to fruition when Clippers landed Golden State Warriors star Baron Davis. Briefly, this gave Clippers' management and the media the reassurance that Brand would indeed resign with the team.

Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2012)[edit]

Brand with the 76ers

On July 9, 2008, Brand signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers,[7] a team in which Brand had previously stated to have an interest.

It was announced on February 5, 2009 that Brand would have season ending shoulder surgery for the injury he sustained on December 17, 2008. During the game that night against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brand dislocated his shoulder when he was knocked to the floor while going for a rebound. Brand had been coming off of the bench so that he could be slowly worked back into the lineup, but after over a month on the bench and only six games back during which his production was severely limited, the decision was made to go forward with the surgery. The procedure was successfully performed on February 9.

On July 11, 2012, Brand was released from the 76ers using the NBA's amnesty clause.[8] The Sixers will pay Brand the remainder of whatever remains from his $18.2 million deal that is not paid for by his new team.[9]

Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)[edit]

Philadelphia decided to use the one-time amnesty provision available since the new collective bargaining agreement had been put into place, thus foregoing the final $18.1 million owed to Brand in the last year of his five-year contract and not having it count against their luxury tax or salary cap.[10] Brand was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks with a winning bid of $2.1 million.[11] During the 2012-2013 season, he averaged 7.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg, and 1.0 apg in 21.2 mpg. He played 72 games and started 18 of them with the Mavericks. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)[edit]

On July 15, 2013, Brand signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[12]

Career transactions[edit]

Player profile[edit]

The two-time All-Star Brand has established himself as one of the top power forwards of the NBA[according to whom?], averaging 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds (3.4 being offensive rebounds) and 1.8 blocks in his career (as of the end of the 2012–13 season).[15]

Brand uses his wide body and surprising athleticism for a man his weight in order to out-muscle his opponents. His large wingspan also allows Brand to be a proficient shot-blocker.

In his first years in the league, he had a few, but effective and powerful moves underneath the basket which already made him an effective post player. During the off-season prior to the 2005–06 season he trimmed his weight to increase his quickness and added more finesse moves underneath the basket so that he could score without having to utilize power all the time. But most importantly, he worked on his shooting range and developed a dependable 18 ft. jumper. As a result, he raised his scoring by 4.7 points in that season.

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2× NBA All-Star: 2002, 2006
  • All-NBA:
    • Second Team: 2006
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2000
  • NBA co-Rookie of the Year: 2000 (with Steve Francis)
  • 2× NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2000 (348), 2002 (396)
  • Clippers' career leader in offensive rebounds (1,480).

Personal life[edit]

Elton started the Elton Brand Foundation in the spring of 2000. His foundation is an organization that provides support to worthy causes in Chicago, Illinois; Peekskill, New York; and Durham, North Carolina.

In the summer of 2006, Elton married his longtime girlfriend (and fellow Duke student) Shahara Simmons in North Carolina. Brand also played for Team USA in the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championships, averaging 8.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Brand is a founding member and president of Gibraltar Films,[16] a company engaged in film investment, acquisition, production, and distribution of motion pictures. The first project of Gibraltar Films was the production of a Vietnam-era prisoner-of-war film Rescue Dawn, directed by Werner Herzog. Brand attended the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Elton Brand practices Bikram yoga.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Chicago 81 80 37.0 .482 .000 .685 10.0 1.9 .8 1.6 20.1
2000–01 Chicago 74 74 39.3 .476 .000 .708 10.1 3.2 1.0 1.6 20.1
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 80 80 37.8 .527 .000 .742 11.6 2.4 1.0 2.0 18.2
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 62 61 39.6 .502 .000 .685 11.3 2.5 1.1 2.5 18.5
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 69 68 38.7 .493 .000 .773 10.3 3.3 .9 2.2 20.0
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 81 81 37.0 .503 .000 .752 9.5 2.6 .8 2.1 20.0
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 79 79 39.2 .527 .333 .775 10.0 2.6 1.0 2.5 24.7
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 80 80 38.5 .533 1.000 .761 9.3 2.9 1.0 2.2 20.5
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 8 6 34.3 .456 .000 .787 8.0 2.0 .4 1.9 17.6
2008–09 Philadelphia 29 23 31.7 .447 .000 .676 8.8 1.3 .6 1.6 13.8
2009–10 Philadelphia 76 57 30.2 .480 .000 .738 6.1 1.4 1.1 1.1 13.1
2010–11 Philadelphia 81 81 34.7 .512 .000 .780 8.3 1.5 1.1 1.3 15.0
2011–12 Philadelphia 60 60 28.9 .494 .000 .733 7.2 1.6 1.0 1.6 11.0
2012–13 Dallas 72 18 21.2 .473 .000 .710 6.0 1.0 .7 1.3 7.2
2013–14 Atlanta 73 15 19.4 .539 .000 .649 4.9 1.0 .5 1.2 5.7
Career 1005 863 34.0 .501 .105 .737 8.8 2.1 .9 1.8 16.6
All-Star 2 0 18.0 .563 .000 .000 8.5 .5 .5 .5 9.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 L.A. Clippers 12 12 43.1 .551 .000 .750 10.3 4.0 .9 2.6 25.4
2011 Philadelphia 5 5 37.0 .548 .000 .769 8.4 .6 .4 1.2 15.6
2012 Philadelphia 13 13 27.4 .465 .000 .625 4.8 .5 .8 1.5 8.6
2014 Atlanta 7 0 11.6 .167 .000 .800 3.3 .9 .1 .9 1.1
Career 37 30 30.8 .518 .000 .722 6.8 1.7 .7 1.7 13.6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulls trade Brand to Clippers". Usatoday.Com. 2001-06-28. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  2. ^ "CLIPPERS: Elton Brand: 2006 NBA All Star". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ "ESPN.com: NBA – Heat willing to pay $84.2M for Brand name". Static.espn.go.com. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  4. ^ Heisler, Mark (2003-07-15). "Clippers Face Tough Choices – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ "L.A. Clippers' Elton Brand Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". Nba.com. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Brand opting out, hopes to work out deal with Clippers". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Sources say Brand will spurn Clippers, sign with 76ers". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  8. ^ a b "76ers waive Elton Brand, agree with Nick Young". USA Today. Associated Press. July 11, 2012. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, John N. (July 13, 2012). "76ers officially used amnesty provision on Brand". Philadelphia Inquirer (Philly.com). 
  10. ^ "Mavs win bid for Brand off amnesty". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. AP. July 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Stein, Mark (July 13, 2012). "Mavericks claim Elton Brand". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "HAWKS SIGN FORWARD/CENTER ELTON BRAND". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brand Bolsters Clippers' Frontcourt". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  14. ^ "76ers Sign Two-time NBA All-Star Elton Brand". Nba.com. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  15. ^ Final. "Elton Brand Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio – Dallas Mavericks – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  16. ^ Gibraltar Films >> The Company[dead link]

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