Elton Brand was still a big name when Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry decided to sign him last summer, but the question asked by the fans was had he anything left to contribute? At 35 years old, and after 15 years of banging bodies in the paint, Brand is surely feeling the physical strain, but the former No. 1 overall pick has developed a style that will surely prolong his career for a couple of seasons yet.
Brand has an intelligence and a work ethic that goes almost unmatched in the NBA. The Hawks players and coaching staff often spoke about how hard he worked during the season, and the results showed.
Completely selfless, Brand isn’t the type of former All-Star that struggles to come to terms with Father Time, and a decreased role on the court. Instead, the former Duke Blue Devil came ready every night, and played his part whether it was for five minutes or 43. As solid as ever, on both ends of the floor, Brand was never a hindrance, like some aging guys can be, and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer could always rely on EB.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the strong points of Brand’s 2013-14 season.