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76ers’ Elton Brand announces retirement for second time

Jan. 7, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - The Philadelphia 76ers' Elton Brand watches the end of the first half, with teammate Nerlens Noel, right, against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (Photo by Yong Kim/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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For the second time in as many years, Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Elton Brand has announced his retirement from the NBA, via Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

Brand retired for the first time in August 2015, only to make a surprising return to the franchise in January. The 37-year-old was brought in primarily to serve as a mentor to the slew of young bigs on the 76ers’ roster, but he did wind up appearing in 17 games, including a start. In 13.2 minutes of action per game, Brand averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Many expected him to retire after the end of last season, but he wound up inking a one-year deal to return to Philadelphia in September. He did not play in any of the 76ers’ preseason games, though, and ultimately decided to hang them up for good.

Brand played 17 seasons in the league in all after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bulls out of Duke in 1999. He will wrap up his decorated career with averages of 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He won the league’s Co-Rookie of the Year Award, earned a pair of All-Star Game appearances and finished seventh in MVP voting in 2006. He averaged 24.7 points and 10 boards a game that year for the Los Angeles Clippers and came within a game of helping the franchise to its first ever berth in the Western Conference Finals.

In addition to the Bulls, Clippers and 76ers, Brand also played for the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks. Camerato reports that Brand will take some time off before deciding what his next step will be. Brand’s retirement means that Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Vince Carter, Manu Ginobili and Dirk Nowitzki are the only active players left in the league to have been drafted in the 1990s.

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