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Elton Brand
Elton Brand vs Warriors cropped.jpg
Philadelphia 76ers  – No. 42
Power forward
Born March 11, 1979 (1979-03-11) (age 31)
Cortlandt Manor, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 254 lb (115 kg)
League NBA
Salary $14,858,472[1]
College Duke
Draft 1st overall, 1999
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Chicago Bulls (1999–2001)
Los Angeles Clippers (2001–2008)
Awards 1999 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
1999 Adolph Rupp Trophy
1999 Oscar Robertson Trophy
1999 Naismith College Player of the Year
1999 John R. Wooden Award
2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (with Steve Francis)
2-time NBA All-Star (2002,2006)
2006 All-NBA Second Team
2006 NBA Sportsmanship Award
Profile Info Page
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 2006 Japan USA

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Cortlandt Manor, New York[citation needed]) is an American All-Star professional basketball player and film producer who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Early life

At the age of thirteen, Brand 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. 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 an articulate 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 Peekskill's favorite son was not the Governor but Elton Brand. 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

Duke University basketball fans cheer on Elton Brand during a 1999 game against the University of Maryland.

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 University of Connecticut—Brand was named the consensus National Player of the Year. He subsequently decided to leave Duke after his sophomore season and apply for the 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 1999 NBA Draft instead of returning to Duke.

NBA

Bulls

Brand was the number one pick in the NBA draft of June 1999. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls, a team that had struggled since the retirement of superstar Michael Jordan and other key players in the 1990s. Brand quickly adapted to the challenges he faced and emerged as a calming and unifying influence on the fresh group of Bulls players. He seemed unfazed by the big players he faced, barely breaking stride from his Duke totals as he averaged 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game in his first year. 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 2000–2001 season Brand was hailed as the linchpin of a possible new Chicago dynasty, as a potential successor to Michael Jordan himself. Brand duplicated his 1999–2000 points-per-game total of 20.1 and, showing equal consistency, improved his rebounds per game from 10.0 to 10.1; his 3.9 offensive rebounds per game were the second best in the NBA.

Clippers

Beginnings in L.A.

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.[2] In Los Angeles, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team in 2002.[3]

When Brand became a restricted free agent in 2003, the Miami Heat dangled an offer worth $82 million over six years.[4] 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.[5]

Redemption Year

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 believed that he was a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player for the 2006 season. 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.[6]

Frustration in L.A.

Following his stellar 05–06 season, Brand regressed somewhat in the following season. His point average in 2006–07 dropped and the Clippers missed the playoffs.

He missed most of the 2007–08 NBA 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. He only played in 8 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[7]. 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.

Sixers

On July 9, 2008, Brand signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers,[8] 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 Monday, February 9.

Career transactions

Player profile

The two-time All-Star Brand plays the power forward position, despite being only 6 ft 9 in height and thus usually giving up two inches or more to his direct opponent. However, Brand has established himself as one of the top big power forwards of the NBA, averaging 19.8 points, 10.1 rebounds (3.8 being offensive rebounds) and 2.06 blocks in his career (as of December 8, 2009).[11]

Brand makes up for his lack of size like another undersized power forward, Charles Barkley, using his wide and thick 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. It was not until the beginning of the 2005–06 season when Brand became one of the best power forwards of the NBA. During the off-season prior to the 2005–06 season, he trimmed his weight from 265 lb. down to 254 lb. in order to increase his quickness. He also worked on adding 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

  • 2-time 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-time NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2000 (348), 2002 (396)
  • Clippers' Career Leader in Offensive Rebounds (1,480).

Personal life

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, alongside his partner Steve Marlton, is founding member and president of Gibraltar Films,[12] 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. Brand attended the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

NBA career statistics

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

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 1.5 13.8
Career 643 632 38.0 .503 .154 .736 10.1 2.6 .9 2.0 20.0
All-Star 2 0 18.0 .563 .000 .000 8.5 .5 .5 .5 9.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 12 12 43.1 .551 .000 .750 10.3 4.0 .9 2.6 25.4
Career 12 12 43.1 .551 .000 .750 10.3 4.0 .9 2.6 25.4

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
Naismith College Player of the Year (Men)
1999
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
John R. Wooden Award (Men)
1999
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Joe Hamilton
Preceded by
Michael Olowokandi
NBA first overall draft pick
1999 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Vince Carter
NBA Rookie of the Year
2000 with Steve Francis
Succeeded by
Mike Miller
Preceded by
Grant Hill
NBA Sportsmanship Award
2006
Succeeded by
Luol Deng







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