Elton Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Coraland, New York) was claimed by the Dallas Mavericks, off amnesty waivers from the Philadelphia 76ers, on July 13, 2012.
Brand, a McDonald's All-American from Pekskill High School in Pekskill, New York, signed with the Duke Blue Devils to play his college basketball.
Following an impressive freshman year where he averaged 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 21 games, it was his sophomore season that saw Brand really break out and dominate. That season (1998-1999) saw the 7'0 center raise both his scoring and rebounding average to 17.7 and 9.8 respectively over 39 games. He led Duke to the NCAA Finals and was named both Associated Press and the Naismith Mens College Basketball Player of the Year.
Declaring early for the NBA Draft, Brand was the first overall selection in the 1999 Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He wasted absolutely no time making his presence known in the league averaging a double/double (20.1 ppg and 10.0 rpg) as a rookie. He was also named the leagues Rookie-of-the-Year.
Despite similar numbers his second season in the league (20.1 and 10.1) the Bulls traded Brand, after the season, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner. His first season with L.A. (2001-2002), and his third in the league, saw Brand recognized as a Western Conference selection to the All-Star Game. He also began a string of six very successful seasons in Tinsel Town.
Brand became a fixture of the Clippers' offensive and defensive efforts throughout the century's first decade and was again named to the All-Star team during the 2005-2006 campaign when he averaged 24.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
The next season, 2006-2007 was another solid season for Brand posting numbers of 20.8 points and 9.3 rebounds. The unfortunate happened the next year, however, as ruptured right achilles limited him to only 8 games.
Not exactly the way Brand wanted his Clippers career to end but after that lost season his contract was up and he signed on as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers. His first season in Philly was not unlike his last in L.A. as Brand had to have shoulder surgery which only allowed him to play in 29 games and post the lowest numbers of his career with 13.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg.
Over the next three seasons Brand was solid, if not spectacular with the Sixers, scoring in the teens and putting high single-digit rebound numbers. Following the 2011-2012 year, Philadelphia requested amnesty waivers and the next day he was claimed by the Mavericks.