In a year that has already seen the end of the legendary careers of players like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, it’s time for the NBA to say goodbye to yet another long time veteran.
Today Philadelphia 76ers power forward Elton Brand announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 years of service. Brand was drafted with the number one overall pick by the Chicago Bulls back in 1999. He earned the honors of Rookie of the Year, alongside Steve Francis, averaging 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Brand maintained impressive numbers throughout his career, averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 1,058 games with the Bulls, Clippers, Mavericks, Hawks, and the Sixers. He perhaps never got the reputation he deserved, due in part to spending his prime years on a subpar Clippers team.
Check out some career highlights below.