03/04/11 11:51 am EST
I can say without hesitation that Elton Brand is having his best season as a Philadelphia 76er.
Brand missed all but eight games of his contract year with the Clippers but had boasted four consecutive 20 point seasons, all with a franchise stuck in a black hole. Brand’s signing in the summer of 2008 was known as the top acquisition, as the scoring forward would be teaming up with Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala.
Then a devastating shoulder injury would limit Brand to just 29 games played and last season during the complete mess that was the Eddie Jordan era, the forward averaged 13.1 points and 6.1 boards. Easily the worst season of his career. Frustrated Sixer fans were openly booing the 80-million dollar man and various blogs were of full rants describing how Brand’s poor play and contract will set this franchise back for years.
Now let’s enter the current situation. Brand’s averaging 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, both tops for a team (who barring any unforeseen late season collapse) that will be playing games in late April. Those two serious injuries in the middle of Brand’s career has morphed his game from a bulldog-scrappy power forward to becoming a finesse player with smarts.