Has Elton Brand Finally Returned To All-Star Form?

November 24th, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Well, it took more than 90 games, but it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers might actually end up with the 20/10 post player they thought they signed a year ago.

Before the 2008-09 season, the Sixers inked former No. 1 overall pick Elton Brand to a five-year, $79.795 million deal, dreaming of a dominant interior presence to team up with their smaller shooters like shooting guard Andre Iguodala and small forward Thaddeus Young.

The Sixers had reason to be optimistic: from his rookie season in 1999-00 to the 2006-07 season, Brand averaged 20.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game, shooting an average of 50.5 percent from the field.  

Brand led the league in offensive rebounding twice—in 1999-00 and 2001-02—and remained in the top 10 of the league in offensive rebounding every year through 2007.

He finished top 10 in rebounds four times from 1999 through 2006, top 10 in blocks five times from 2001 through 2007, and stayed in the top 10 of blocks per game for five straight seasons, starting in the 2002-03 season. Sounds like a great investment for the Sixers, right?

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