Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
On June 19, 1999, Brand was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft. In his rookie season, he averaged 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game and in May 2000, he shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis.
Through much of the 2000–01 season, Brand was hailed as the linchpin of a possible new Chicago dynasty. Brand averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game; his 3.9 offensive rebounds per game were the second-best in the NBA.
After two successful seasons with the Bulls, Brand was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2001 for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler. In 2002, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team.
On July 9, 2008, Brand signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to a reported five-year, $82 million contract.
On July 13, 2012, Brand was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks with a winning bid of $2.1 million. The 76ers still had to pay out the remaining balance of the $18.2 million owed to Brand this season in the final year of his contract.
On July 15, 2013, Brand signed with the Atlanta Hawks. On September 23, 2014, he re-signed with the Hawks and changed his long-time jersey number of 42, to 7.
On August 11, 2015, Brand announced his retirement from professional basketball. However, on January 4, 2016, he came out of retirement to re-enter the NBA, citing that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski helped convince him to return to play. Later that day, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, returning to the franchise for a second stint.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA All-Star (2002, 2006)
All-NBA Second Team (2006)
NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (2000)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000)
NBA Sportsmanship Award (2006)
National college player of the year (1999)
Consensus first-team All-American (1999)
ACC Player of the Year (1999)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1998)
Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
FIBA World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Japan USA
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 San Juan USA
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan USA
Gold medal – first place 1998 New York USA