Is Elton the Right Brand for Philadelphia?

March 20th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
In his heyday, Elton Brand was a dominant scorer from the high and low post, a voracious rebounder, and as his career progressed, a solid defender both on the ball and from the weakside.

However, injuries and age have left Brand a shell of his former self, leaving the Philadelphia 76ers on the hook for Brand's gargantuan contract he signed during the 2008 offseason.

Let’s use Philadelphia’s latest game against the Knicks, a 92-88 loss, to see if Elton is still the right brand, or if the Sixers will need to go with another product at power forward.



Elton’s main task was to set up at either high post—usually the left—and set high screens for Philadelphia’s high screen/rolls or Princeton action before making a target of himself at the elbow.

At times, if the resulting action led to Brand’s side of the court clearing out, he’d drop into the mid-post and post up, and he usually fanned to the baseline on wing screens.

Surprisingly, Brand’s screens were rather flimsy, even against the pint-sized Knicks, but he’s being paid to do more than just ...

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