Philadelphia 76ers

2009 Is A Make or Break Season for Elton Brand and the Sixers

BOSTON - JUNE 08:  Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers watches Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on June 8, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Derek PeifferCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

The 2009/10 season is the make or break year for Elton Brand and his relationship with Philadelphia. But wait, he's been there one year you may say.

Well, I say that you don't know the city of Philadelphia very well.

Elton Brand was the savior of the Philadelphia 76er franchise when he decided to all-but ditch friend Baron Davis to move east.

The 76ers gave Brand a max contract. Five years nearly $80 million.

The 76ers now had that post threat they've been looking for, and the post player that would turn them into a playoff contender.

Not so fast.

Brand never quite made the impact the city of Philadelphia and Ed Stefanski had thought.

The 76ers went from being an upbeat, bounce-around, fast-break team, to a slow-it-down and post-up team. The transition was at times unbearable to watch. So, I didn't.

Brand averaged 13.8 points per contest, 8.8 rebounds per, while shooting 45 percent from the field.

These numbers just don't quite match up with his career totals of 20 points per game, 10 rebounds, and a field goal percentage of 50.

In his defense, Brand was limited to only 29 of 82 games in 2008/09 because of a shoulder injury he suffered early in the season.

He may not have had time to gel.

I know you have practice and training camp, but nothing matches the on-court experience while playing against another NBA team.

Maybe that's the only problem. It was painfully obvious that Brand didn't fit, but whether or not this can be fixed is what remains as the question.

No matter what needs to be done, it needs to be done this season or else we'll see heads roll in Philadelphia.

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