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Call To The Hall: Elton Brand

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We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still weeks away.  So now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit over current NBA players’ career accomplishments to see if they are Hall of Fame worthy or not.  Next up: Elton Brand

 

Elton Brand

Career NBA Averages: 16.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.8 bpg

NBA Accomplishments:

– one-time Second Team All-NBA
– two-time NBA All-Star
– NBA Rookie of the Year
– first team NBA All-Rookie


NBA Top 50 Career Stats:

– offensive rebounds (19th)
– defensive rebounds (40th)
– total rebounds (49th)
– blocks (21st)
– blocks per game (27th)
– player efficiency rating (50th)
– offensive rebounding % (38th)
– block % (36th)


College/International Accomplishments:

– consensus National Player of the Year
– consensus First Team All-American
– bronze medalist FIBA World Championship
– two-time gold medalist FIBA Americas Championship
– gold medalist Goodwill Games

Statitudes Hall of Fame Standard (average Hall of Famer scores 50): 40

 

Eton Brand and Hall of Fame don’t generally get said together in the same sentence, but perhaps that should change.  While he doesn’t grab you as a Hall of Famer at first blush, a little digging into his resume reveals a player who is certainly worthy of Hall discussion.  Although he only made two All-Star teams, each of his first eight years in the league were All-Star worthy (being stuck on crappy Bulls and Clippers teams doesn’t do much to help a guy get exposure).  During this period he averaged 20.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg & 2.1 bpg in 606 games.  The only other players to average at least 20/10/2 during this same span were Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal.  Heavy company.

Unfortunately for Brand his prime ended after those first 606 games, as a ruptured Achilles’ tendon suffered in 2007/08 basically ended his time as a top player at the age of 28.  But his career numbers are right up there among some of the all-time greats, and his excellent college resume adds to his Hall of Fame attractiveness.


Verdict: 
On the fence

 

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