368Elton Brand, revisited
- Dec 26, 2001A few months ago, the Elton Brand trade (giveaway) brought some
speculation on this board. As I recall, some here believed Brand's
fine production with the Bulls would be diminished in the forward-
heavy Western Conference.
Someone suggested (based on a measure individual productivity)
perhaps it were about as likely, that Brand's numbers would
actually improve, in an uptempo situation with other creative
scorers. This has apparently been the case.
All Brand's personal stats are up this season, with the exception of
assist rate, which typically dips with a team change. At least part
of this is probably due to dedication and concentration, indicated by
his FT shooting improving about .050.
It would be quite an irony, if the best PF in the East the last 2
years, denied an All-Star spot, should get this honor in the West.
The issue of All-Stars (or MVPs) being named from bad teams (they
never are), is another one that doesn't go away by ignoring such
players. It is now clear that Elton Brand at least kept the Bulls in
most of their games, whereas without him, they could just fold the
franchise without much effect on the league.
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