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Encyclopedia > Elton Brand
Elton Brand
Position Power forward
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 254 lb (115 kg)
Team Los Angeles Clippers
Nationality USA
Born March 11, 1979 (1979-03-11) (age 28)
Flag of New York Peekskill, New York
College Duke
Draft 1st overall, 1999
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Chicago Bulls (1999–2001)
Awards 1999 Oscar Robertson Trophy College Basketball Player of the Year,
Co-winner 1999-2000 Schick Rookie of the Year
Two-time NBA All-Star in 2002 & 2006
2005-2006 All-NBA Second Team
Bronze Medal winner for Team USA at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan
2006 NBA Sportsmanship Award

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Clippers” redirects here. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... Peekskill is a city in Westchester County, New York. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to outstanding mens college basketball players by the United States Basketball Writers Association. ... The NBA Sportsmanship Award (also named the Joe Dumars Trophy after its first recipient) has been presented by the National Basketball Association each year since 1996, to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity[1]. In its twelve-year... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Peekskill is a city in Westchester County, New York. ... This article is about the state. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... This article is about the sport. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... “Clippers” redirects here. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ...

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Early life

At the age of thirteen, Brand enrolled in Peekskill High School, where he was immediately added to the varsity basketball roster. He played AAU basketball with future NBA player Ron Artest, and by his senior year he was consistently ranked among the top high school basketball players in the country. At the same time, he became something of a cult hero in Peekskill, helping his team win two state championships while demonstrating a humble calm and an articulate intelligence. The Governor of New York, fellow Peekskill native George Pataki, was once asked about being the town's favorite son, and he answered that Peekskill's favorite son was not the Governor but Elton Brand. Recruited heavily after his successful high school career, Brand decided to enroll at Duke University alongside a cluster of other high school stars, including Shane Battier. Peekskill High School, located at 1072 Elm St. ... In the United States and Canada, varsity sports teams are the principal athletic teams representing a college, university, or high school or other secondary school. ... Ronald (Ron) William Artest Jr. ... This is a list of the Governors of New York. ... George Elmer Pataki (born June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 57th Governor of New York serving from January 1995 until January 1, 2007. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978 in Birmingham, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player with the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association and the U.S. national team. ...


College

Duke University basketball fans cheer on Elton Brand during a 1999 game against the University of Maryland.
Duke University basketball fans cheer on Elton Brand during a 1999 game against the University of Maryland.

As a sophomore, Brand was the dominant inside presence for a Duke team that is widely regarded as one of the most talented teams in recent NCAA history. After leading the Blue Devils to the championship game of the Final Four—where they were upset by the University of Connecticut—Brand was named the consensus National Player of the Year. He subsequently decided to leave Duke after his sophomore season and apply for the NBA draft, where he was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick. Brand, along with William Avery and Corey Maggette, was one of the first players in Duke basketball history to leave school early for the NBA Draft. All three entered the 1999 NBA Draft in lieu of returning to Duke. Image File history File links Elton-brand-duke-sign. ... Image File history File links Elton-brand-duke-sign. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Duke Universitys 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils, compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... William Avery (born August 8, 1979 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing in the German basketball league for ALBA Berlin. ... Corey Antoine Maggette (born November 12, 1979 in Melrose Park, Illinois, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player, positioned at small forward for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William...


NBA

After two successful seasons with the Bulls, during which he received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, Brand was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2001 for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler. In Los Angeles, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team. As much as Brand shone through his first years in Los Angeles, however, the Clippers still remained among the worst franchises in the NBA and all of American sports. The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... “Clippers” redirects here. ... Brian Skinner (born May 19, 1976 in Temple, Texas) is an American professional basketball player who currently is a free agent after recently playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. A 69, 265 lbs. ... Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets of the NBA. Standing 71, he plays at the power forward and center positions. ... Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ...


When Brand became a restricted free agent in 2003, the Miami Heat dangled an offer worth $82 million over six years. In what was an unprecedented move by team owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers matched Miami's offer and managed to keep Brand a Clipper. Prior to this, the biggest contract Sterling had approved to that point was a five-year, $15 million deal for Eric Piatkowski in 1998. The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Donald T. Sterling is a real estate mogul and the current owner of the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Clippers. ... Eric Todd Piatkowski (born September 30, 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio) is an NBA basketball player recently signed with the Phoenix Suns. ...


In the 2006 NBA season, Brand experienced a personal renaissance. He posted career-highs in points per game (24.7) and field-goal percentage (52.7), while leading the Clippers to a 47-35 record, good enough for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. In February 2006, Brand was selected to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve forward for the West. As a result of his individual prowess and the Clippers' recent success, many analysts believed that he was a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player for the 2006 season. Steve Nash went on to win the award. On April 22, 2006, Brand made his playoff debut scoring 21 points against the Denver Nuggets. On May 1, Brand helped lead the team to its first playoff series win since 1976, when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves. Although the Clippers eventually lost in game 7 against the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers had the best season that their franchise had ever seen. Brand received the Joe Dumars Trophy after being named the 2005-06 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner[1]. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Steven John Nash, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... The NBA Sportsmanship Award (also named the Joe Dumars Trophy after its first recipient) has been presented by the National Basketball Association each year since 1996, to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity[1]. In its twelve-year...


Despite an amazing 05-06 season, Brand regressed a little bit in the following 06-07 season. His point average went down and his team missed the playoffs.


Player profile

The two-time All-Star Brand plays the power forward position, despite being only 6 ft 8 in tall and thus usually giving up two inches and more to his direct opponent. However, Brand has established himself as one of the top big wingmen of the NBA, averaging 20.3 points, 10.4 rebounds (with a stellar 4.0 offensive boards) and 2.00 blocks in his career.


Brand makes up for his lack of size like another undersized power forward Charles Barkley, using his wide and thick body, and surprising athleticism for a man his weight in order to out-muscle his opponents. His large wing span also allows Brand to be a proficient shot-blocker. Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ...


In his first years in the league, he had a few, but effective and powerful moves underneath the basket which already made him an effective post player. It was not until the beginning of the 2005-06 season when Brand became one of the best power forwards of the NBA. During the off-season prior to the 2005-06 season, he trimmed his weight from 265 lb. down to 254 lb. in order to increase his quickness. He also worked on adding more finesse moves underneath the basket so that he could score without having to utilize power all the time. But most importantly, he worked on his shooting range and developed a dependable 18 ft. jumper. As a result, he raised his scoring by 4.7 points in that season. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


Accomplishments

  • 2-time NBA All-Star: 2002, 2006
  • All-NBA:
  • Second Team: 2006
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2000
  • NBA co-Rookie of the Year: 2000 (with Steve Francis)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2000 (348), 2002 (396)
  • Clippers' Career Leader in Offensive Rebounds (1,480).

Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977 in Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, with his on-court and off-court antics generating considerable controversy throughout his...

Personal life

Elton started the Elton Brand Foundation in the spring of 2000. His Foundation is an organization that provides support to worthy causes in Chicago, Ill., Peekskill, N.Y. and Durham, N.C.


In the summer of 2006, Elton married his longtime girlfriend (and Duke graduate) Shahara Simmons in North Carolina. Brand also played for Team USA in the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championships (averaging 8.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game). The FIBA World Championship (also called the Basketball World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). ...


Elton Brand alongside his partner Steve Marlton is founding member and President of Gibraltar Films[2], a new film company (2005) engaged in film investment, acquisition, production, and distribution of motion pictures. The first project of Gibraltar Films was the production of a Vietnam-era Prisoner of War film Rescue Dawn. Elton Brand attended the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Rescue Dawn is a 2007 movie starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ...


Trivia

As an easter egg in Elder Scrolls III Morrowind, you can obtain a sword, the Eltonbrand, named after him if you complete certain steps.[3] “Morrowind” redirects here. ...


Notes

External links

Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
Naismith College Player of the Year (Men)
1999
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
John R. Wooden Award (Men)
1999
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Antawn Jamison
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Joe Hamilton
Preceded by
Michael Olowokandi
NBA first overall draft pick
1999 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Kenyon Martin
Preceded by
Vince Carter
NBA Rookie of the Year
2000 with Steve Francis
Succeeded by
Mike Miller
Preceded by
Grant Hill
NBA Sportsmanship Award
2006
Succeeded by
Luol Deng

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