Over the past few seasons, Elton Brand has seen his production slip as his minutes have begun to decline. At 34 years old and after 14 seasons in the NBA, it feels safe to say that the power forward is nearing the end of his career.
However, as he heads into the 2013-2014 season after signing with the Atlanta Hawks this off-season, Brand could still serve a big purpose for this team. Though the Hawks have an above-average starting frontcourt that features Paul Millsap and Al Horford, their reserve big men are somewhat of a question mark. Even with a handful of guys signing with the Hawks this summer, Brand is the only one with a track record of relative success. Given that, Brand could help solidify the frontcourt for the Hawks’ bench unit.
Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Brand played in 72 games, averaging 7.2 points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Brand was not a huge contributor for the Mavs in any sort, but he did show some promise in how he could potentially give the Hawks’ bench a boost.
Though Brand was an average offensive and defensive player overall last season, he was actually quite effective in two offensive areas. When Brand was posting up last season, he averaged 0.92 points per possession, the 33rd best rate in the league. Similarly, Brand also averaged a solid 0.98 points per possession as the pick-and-roll man, the 70th best mark in the NBA.
Considering that Brand will be playing with Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder as his point guards this season, both players who are more than capable facilitators, the areas where Brand was successful last season in Dallas should translate well in Atlanta. He’s obviously not going to be a revelation that leads the Hawks to a title, but having him contribute well off of the bench will be a huge positive for the team this season.