Elton Brand Retires from NBA: Latest Comments and Reaction

October 20th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

Elton Brand’s NBA career is officially over after 17 seasons. The 37-year-old announced his retirement Thursday, per Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly: 

The Philadelphia 76ers re-signed Brand to a one-year deal in September, but Camerato wrote the veteran forward was going to serve more so as a coach than a player:

While Brand can participate in practices and games, his biggest value comes from the wisdom he will share with the younger players, such as rookies Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. More important than rebounding and pick-and-roll coverages are his lessons of life in the NBA, from punctuality to rest to dress codes.

Given the somewhat underwhelming end to his career, it's easy to forget how good Brand was in his prime, especially before he ruptured his Achilles in August 2007.

Through his first eight years in the league, Brand averaged 20.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. Between 1999 and 2007, he was one of three players to post 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game, per Basketball-Reference.com:

Brand's best season came in 2005- ...

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