On September 18th, the Philadelphia 76ers finally made a move on the vacant GM position. On Thursday morning the Sixers front office is expected to announce that VP of Basketball Operations and former player, Elton Brand will be the new General Manager of the franchise. Brand was an internal hire and here’s what you need to know about him and his basketball career.
Brand was picked first overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft. At 6’9ft out of Duke University, he dominated right away with an average of 20ppg and 10rpg in his rookie season. He went on to go to the Clippers after 2 years where he became one of the top bigs in the league but failed to bring a championship to Los Angeles as his best appearance was the Western Conference Semifinals against the Suns in 2006.
On July 9th, 2008 Elton Brand signed a 5 year $82 million deal with the 76ers to be their new centerpiece with players like Andre Iguodala surrounding him. Brand’s stint in Philadelphia came to a halt when he dislocated his shoulder on December 17th, 2008. He never really returned to form after that and averaged just around 11ppg and 8rpg until he was waived in 2012.
The Dallas Mavericks signed Elton Brand on July 13th, 2012 for $2.1 million dollars but that doesn’t last long either. He ended his career with short stints with Atlanta and the Sixers again before ultimately retiring around 2016.
Post Playing Career:
After he retired Brand took on a role as a player development consultant for the 76ers on December 6th 2016. He held that position until August 28th and when he became the GM of the now Delaware Blue Coats; the 76ers G League affiliate.
This past summer Brand was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations. When the team decided to conduct interviews for a new GM they considered candidates such as Utah Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik and Houston Rockets VP Gersson Rosas, and Golden State Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris.
They also considered in house people such as assistant GM Ned Cohen and VP of player personnel Marc Eversley.
The 76ers made it clear they wanted to keep their group intact and now 39 year old Elton Brand now takes one of the best GM openings in recent history as this team moves into a crucial season. The question is now: Can he step up to the task?
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