The Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that former 76ers player Elton Brand has been named the General Manager of the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers NBA G League affiliate.
After he retired last season, the 17 year NBA veteran joined the Sixers last year as a player-development consultant.
Brand started his journey in the NBA in 1999, when the Chicago Bulls chose him as the #1 pick of the draft. The former Duke player earned Co-Rookie of the Year with Steve Francis as Brand averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in his rookie season.
The next Sevens GM, also played on the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia Sixers, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.
Brand was named to the NBA All-Star game twice when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers ( 2001-2002, 2005-2006)
In 2008, when Brand was a hot commodity in free agency, the veteran Center/Power Forward took his talents to the Philadelphia 76ers with a five year, 82 million contract with the team.
In five seasons with the 76ers ( 2008-2012 & 2015-2016) Brand played 263 games, started 222 games, 6.3 points per game, .488 FG percentage, .746 Free Throw percentage, 8.5 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks.
For his career overall, Brand averaged 15.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists, 50 % FG and 73.6% FT.
Brand made it to the playoffs four times in his NBA career with the Clippers (2005-06), Sixers (2010-11 & 2011-12) and Hawks ( 2013-14 & 2014-15).
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— Delaware Blue Coats (@blue_coats) August 28, 2017
Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said this of Elton Brand’s as the Sevens new GM:
“We are thrilled that Elton has agreed to take on the GM position of the Sevens, a natural next step given both his personal and professional skillset,” Colangelo said. “The transition from a terrific playing career to team management was something that we have been talking about for some time and this opportunity is both timely and appropriate. I look forward to working side-by-side with Elton as we continue to grow and develop our overall basketball program.”
Here is what Brand had to say about starting this new chapter in his NBA career:
“I’m extremely excited to begin a new role as General Manager of the 87ers,” said Brand. “I want to thank Josh Harris, David Blitzer, Bryan Colangelo and staff for the opportunity to develop, cultivate and elevate talent in our program. I look forward to building upon the successes the Sevens have had both on the court and in the community in Delaware.”
Sevens also announced Monday that they promoted Matt Lilly to Director of Basketball Operations & Scouting. Lilly spent the last two seasons as Basketball Operations Assistant and Video Coordinator for the Sevens.
Elton Brand speaks to the media after being introduced as the Delaware 87ers General Manager.
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