Elton Brand called it a career on Thursday for the second time.
He left Duke in 1999 after a run to the title game, losing to UConn, and has had a seventeen-year career in the NBA.
He’s widely respected as a fine professional and a warrior on the court.
Here are some statistical landmarks for Brand’s career from SLCDunk (more on that in a minute): “And that’s always been his game, in the NBA or against other nations — where he has three golds and one bronze. (Golds in the Goodwill Games 1998, FIBA Americas Championships in 1999 and 2003; Bronze in the FIBA World Championships in 2006) Being a star and champion on ever level, save for the NBA but dude played for the Clippers during his peak so let’s give him a pass, means he has a very legit resume. He’s Top 100 in NBA History for games, minutes, field goals made, free throws made, all types of rebounds, blocks, points, and many of the analytic measures. For example, he’s 21st all-time in offensive rebounds, 24th all-time in total blocks, 40th all-time in BLK%, and 37th in VORP.“
SLCDunk speculates that Brand will become a coach and perhaps with Quin Snyder with the Jazz. He’d be a great mentor - that’s basically what he did for the Sixers last year with Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.
Whatever he does, Brand is going to be first rate. He’s come a long way since Duke and his journey isn’t yet over so stay tuned.