Philadelphia 76ers veteran Elton Brand is retiring, he announced Thursday (Oct. 20).
He made the announcement at the Sixers’ training complex in Camden, NJ, where he said playing in the NBA has been “a wonderful journey. It’s been an honor and a privilege.”
Brand was selected out of Duke with the No. 1 pick of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He won Rookie of the Year honors that year, but shared it with Steve Francis.
He’s played 17 seasons in the NBA, and retires with career averages of 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds, in 1,058 games with the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Sixers.
Brand was a two-time All-Star, but unfortunately, never made it deep into the playoffs.