Brand Brings Depth To New-Look Frontcourt
The Hawks today announced the signing of Elton Brand, a 6’9″, 254-pound veteran who played his college ball at Danny Ferry’s alma mater – Duke.
Brand gives the Hawks some frontcourt depth that they definitely need. As of right now, Al Horford and Paul Millsap are the only guaranteed forwards Atlanta has on the roster.
Brand will be entering his fifteenth season, and at this point in his career, it’s probably safe to assume his minutes will be served primarily as a backup to both Horford and Millsap. Still, Brand brings a veteran presence and is a big body that’s hard to move. He stayed healthy last year, playing in 72 of Dallas’s 82 games and starting 18, so he can be put in the starting role if the situation calls for it.
Prior to last season, Brand was a primary starter, averaging double figures in each of his first 13 seasons in the NBA. The rebound numbers have declined, but he still pulled down six per game last season in just 21 minutes.
Perhaps most importantly, Brand is a good defender, particularly on the help side. Averaging nearly two blocks a game for his career, he’ll make opposing guards think twice about driving the lane. He should fit into Coach Bud’s team defense system nicely.
Other stats to note: He is a good shooter. He’s shot 50 percent from the field over his career and 74 percent from the free throw line.
While I don’t know him personally, word is he’s a great guy to have in the locker room. With character guys like Horford, Millsap and Kyle Korver joining him, I suspect this team will get along well and grow together quickly without issues.
What do you think of the signing Hawks fans?
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