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Free Agency Rewind: Elton Brand provides depth and leadership to the Hawks' frontcourt

Elton Brand brings an interior presence to Atlanta and should fit in nicely in the new look frontcourt rotation.


Elton Brand signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks back in July and figures to play a prominent role in the frontcourt rotation this season. Brand is part of a new look frontcourt for the Hawks that will try to make up for the loss of Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia in free agency.

Brand is 34 years old and has spent the last 14 seasons playing in the NBA. He spent last season in Dallas where he appeared in 72 games mostly as a reserve at the power forward and center positions. That is the same role that he is expected to take on this season with the Hawks where he will likely be the first big man off the bench.

The word "solid" comes to mind when you talk about Brand as he has a nice overall game at both ends of the floor. Last season was the first in his career that he failed to average double digit points but still did a nice job on the board grabbing six per game in just over 21 minutes. Brand averaged just 6.6 shot attempts per game last season with the Mavericks and could see more opportunities this season.

When Mike Budenholzer was introduced as the new head coach of the Hawks he talked about adding players with a strong work ethic who were competitors. Brand fits that description well and should be a positive influence on the locker room.

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