When Elton Brand first arrived in Philadelphia, there was a bit of optimism that was soon shutdown by him underachieving his expectations. However, last season he really revived himself into a new and improved player. He demonstrated that he still is a good power forward in the league.
After serving as a great veteran presence for the young 76ers squad, I ponder the thought as to whether or not he is still bouncing back as a player.
Before his era with the Sixers, Brand was a top power forward in the NBA, without a doubt. And like every player in this world, age began to get the best of him, and it just so happened to be when he became a Sixer.
But having said that, despite his decline from 2008-2010, he proved everyone wrong. He improved at the age of 32 and worked extremely hard to do so. He needed to transform his entire game and he did just that.
After averaging just over 13 points and six rebounds per game in the 2009-2010 season, Brand turned it around the following year by putting up 15 points and over eight rebounds per game, well capable of more. In fact, in five of the last seven games of the season, Brand dropped more than 20 points. Not to mention, he also recorded two double-doubles in the playoffs against the Miami Heat (almost had four).
But is he still improving? Is his transformation still in effect, or have we not seen it in all?
It's kind of an awkward question because of where he is in his career. Improving? At 32? Nonsense!
Perhaps "improving" is not the best word for this, because obviously his better days are behind him. However, it seems like there is a chance he is inching back to becoming just a little bit closer to what he used to be.
When I watch the Sixers it seems he is just more fluent. He's focused, even more fundamental with his shots and he comes to the floor with a great attitude.
Granted, he has played just two games thus far and we have seen better from him. But after all it is only two games. We know he will play better.
The style of play he has adapted to is also what gets me. I mean, he's running the floor with Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday.
There's no question the Sixers are in for a great season. With the hot starts of Iguodala and Spencer Hawes, Brand has fell behind the scenes. Don't let this fool you though, because there is chance that Brand may just surprise us all again.