Somebody's gotta say it....
Bennie. Bennie. Bennie. Bennie and the Jets.
Thanks, I'll be here all week.
Okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's talk about what Elton Brand can do on the court as I have no idea whether he can sing or not.
There's not much to dislike about the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks. Still, I was personally against their attempting to grab him off waivers after the Philadelphia 76ers exercised their amnesty rights.
I've been a consistent proponent of giving Brandan Wright more playing time. Wright has huge potential but has battled injuries most of his career. Only in his fourth year, Wright had a breakout year in 2011-2012 with a PER equivalent to Dirk Nowitzki and shot 61.8 percent, the highest field goal percentage of any rotation player.
Wright played mostly center last year, and with Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi gone and Kaman and rookie Bernard James on the roster, I hope he will get a chance to play more of his natural position since it is generally acknowledged he doesn't have the bulk to guard big centers.
In addition, with Luis Scola being waived by the Houston Rockets, there seemed to be an available veteran with a more mixed arsenal of inside and outside moves than Brand, perhaps capable of playing at the three as well, coupled with the fact that Scola seems to be a younger 32 than Brand is 33, the latter having battled injuries and posted career lows last year.
Nevertheless, Brand was indeed claimed off waivers by Dallas while Scola is heading to the Phoenix Suns, so the die is cast.
Here's a rundown of what he brings to the table: