Just like that, another player whose best years came at the turn of the century has announced their retirement. This time, it’s former first overall pick Elton Brand.
The video of Brand announcing his intent not to play any longer got posted on Twitter by CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato.
Elton Brand has announced his retirement. pic.twitter.com/S49smnml6r
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) October 20, 2016
The former Duke Blue Devil spent 17 years playing for the Bulls, Sixers, Clippers, Mavericks, and Hawks before calling it quits. Over the course of that career, Brand made two All-Star teams, was voted the 1999-00 Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.1 points and ten boards and made the All-NBA second team back in 2006.
During an eight-year stretch from 2000-2007, Brand was a formidable center and arguably one of the best in the league. He was a walking double-double and almost guaranteed his team 20 points and ten rebounds, along with being an efficient shot maker and rim protector.
For his career, he averaged 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and shot 50 percent from the field.
His remarkable production, however, only landed him in the playoffs five times, and only one of those trips was during his prime.
Back in 2005-06 when Brand averaged 24.7 points, ten rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and shot 53 percent from the field, the Clippers finished with a 47-35 record before being bounced in the second round by the seven-seconds-or-less Phoenix Suns.
Brand did everything possible over those seven games, and he was the most imposing player on the court–30.9 points on 59 percent shooting, 10.4 boards, 4.3 assists, and 3.1 blocks.
Retiring in the shadow of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett will allow Brand to pursue business ventures that he wasn’t able too. And, just maybe, he’ll be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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