Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Atlanta Hawks of 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.
- 1 High school career
- 2 College career
- 3 NBA career
- 4 Player profile
- 5 Accomplishments
- 6 NBA career statistics
- 7 Personal life
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
High school career
Brand attended 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. 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.
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 declared for the 1999 NBA draft, where he was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall 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.
Chicago Bulls (1999–2001)
Through much of the 2000–01 season, Brand was hailed as the linchpin of a possible new Chicago dynasty. Brand averaged 20.1 points 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)
After two successful seasons with the Bulls, Brand was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2001 for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler. In 2002, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team.
When Brand became a restricted free agent in 2003, the Miami Heat made an offer worth $82 million over six years. 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.
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. While considered a strong candidate for the 2006 MVP award, Phoenix Suns' guard 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.
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 later opted out of the final year of his contract and became a free agent. 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. 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 re-sign with the team.
Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2012)
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.
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
On July 13, 2012, Brand was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks with a winning bid of $2.1 million. The 76ers still had to pay out the remaining balance of the $18.2 million owed to Brand this season in the final year of his contract.
In 2012–13, he averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.2 minutes per game. He played 72 games and started 18 of them. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999–2000 season.
Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)
On July 15, 2013, Brand signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
- June 30, 1999: Drafted first overall by Chicago Bulls in 1999 NBA draft.
- June 27, 2001: Traded by Chicago to the Los Angeles Clippers for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to second pick Tyson Chandler.
- July 9, 2008: Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia 76ers.
- July 11, 2012: Amnestied by 76ers.
- July 13, 2012: Claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks.
- July 15, 2013: Signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
Early in his career, Brand established himself as one of the top power forwards of the NBA, and now holds career averages of 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds (3.3 being offensive rebounds) and 1.8 blocks per game in 1,005 career games.
Brand uses his wide body and surprising athleticism for a man his weight in order to out-muscle his opponents. A large wingspan also allows him 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.
- 2× NBA All-Star: 2002, 2006
- 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).
NBA career statistics
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Brand 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, 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.
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- "Bulls trade Brand to Clippers". USAToday.com. June 27, 2001. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "CLIPPERS: Elton Brand: 2006 NBA All Star". NBA.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "Brand becomes third Clipper to get offer sheet". ESPN.com. July 16, 2003. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Heisler, Mark (July 15, 2003). "Clippers Face Tough Choices". LATimes.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "L.A. Clippers' Elton Brand Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. April 30, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "Brand opting out, hopes to work out deal with Clippers". ESPN.com. July 1, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "76ers Sign Two-time NBA All-star Elton Brand". NBA.com. July 9, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "Sources say Brand will spurn Clippers, sign with 76ers". ESPN.com. July 10, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "76ers waive Elton Brand, agree with Nick Young". USAToday.com. July 11, 2012. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
- Stein, Mark (July 13, 2012). "Mavericks claim Elton Brand". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012.
- "HAWKS SIGN FORWARD/CENTER ELTON BRAND". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- "Brand Bolsters Clippers' Frontcourt". NBA.com. June 27, 2001. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "Elton Brand NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Elton Brand: NBA Player & Co-founder, Gibraltar Films
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