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Elton Brand knows the underrated-to-overrated roller-coaster ride better than anyone.
With the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers, he was an underrated power forward who performed at a level on par with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
Then, when Brand signed a huge contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and got hurt, he quickly became overrated. Terribly overrated. And even as he eventually recovered some of his pre-injury form, the reputation stuck with him.
The 2012-13 season with the Dallas Mavericks wasn't Brand's greatest, but it was pretty good considering how the team was just slapped together. Brand crashed the glass, capably defended both big man spots and offered as much help defense as he could.
As far as defensive players go, you won't find many still on the market who are better than Brand. With those long arms and solid frame, he can bolster a team either as a 4 or a small-ball 5 and rebound from either position.
And don't think the 34-year-old big man can't help offensively. Although the days of him scoring consistently around the rim are more or less behind him, Brand still possesses a solid mid-range game, as he shot 41 percent from 10 feet and out last season. For comparison's sake, LaMarcus Aldridge shot 42 percent from the same range.
Brand can really add an important element to a good offense.