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Philadelphia 76ers F Elton Brand announces retirement

By The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia 76ers F Elton Brand announces retirement
Golden State Warriors' James Michael McAdoo (C) has the ball stripped by Philadelphia 76ers' Robert Covington (33) as 76ers' Elton Brand looks on in the first half at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on March 27, 2016. The Warriors defeated the 76ers 117-105. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Philadelphia 76ers veteran forward Elton Brand announced his retirement on Thursday at the team's training complex in Camden, N.J.

Over 17 NBA seasons, Brand has appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts, posting averages of 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. The 37-year-old has played 34,910 career minutes, which ranks him 67th all-time.

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A two-time NBA All-Star, Brand was the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was named Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

Brand signed with the Sixers on Jan. 4 after originally spending four seasons in Philadelphia from 2008-2012. He also re-signed with the club last month on a one-year contract.

Brand made 17 appearances last season after coming back to Philadelphia, averaging 13.2 minutes, 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

While with the Los Angeles Clippers, Brand was the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.

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