Elton Brand

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing college basketball for Duke, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, and later played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. He was a two-time NBA All Star and an All-NBA Second Team selection in 2006.

Elton Brand
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Brand with the 76ers in 2010
Philadelphia 76ers
PositionGeneral manager
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornMarch 11, 1979 (age 40)
Cortlandt Manor, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High schoolPeekskill (Peekskill, New York)
CollegeDuke (1997–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1999–2016
PositionPower forward / Center
Number42, 7
Career history
19992001Chicago Bulls
20012008Los Angeles Clippers
20082012Philadelphia 76ers
2012–2013Dallas Mavericks
20132015Atlanta Hawks
2016Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points16,827 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds9,040 (8.5 rpg)
Assists2,184 (2.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school career

Brand attended Peekskill High School, where he was immediately added to the varsity basketball roster. He averaged 40 points and 20 rebounds per game, played AAU basketball with future NBA players Lamar Odom and Ron Artest, and by his senior year he was consistently ranked among the top high school basketball players in the country and was selected as New York State Mr. Basketball. At the same time, he became something of a cult hero in Peekskill, helping his team win two state championships. Recruited heavily after his successful high school career, Brand decided to enroll at Duke University alongside a cluster of other high school stars, including Shane Battier.

College career

As a sophomore, Brand was the dominant inside presence for a Duke team that is widely regarded as one of the most talented teams in recent NCAA history. After leading the Blue Devils to the championship game of the Final Four—where they were upset by the Connecticut Huskies—Brand was named the consensus National Player of the Year. He subsequently decided to leave Duke after his sophomore season and declared for the 1999 NBA draft. Brand, along with sophomore William Avery and freshman Corey Maggette, were the first three players under Mike Krzyzewski to leave early for the draft and not play the full four years at Duke.

Professional career

Chicago Bulls (1999–2001)

On June 30, 1999, Brand was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft.[1] As a rookie, he was named the most valuable player of the Rookie Challenge over All-Star Weekend. He ended the season with averages of 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game, and he shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis.[2]

Through much of the 2000–01 season, Brand was hailed as the linchpin of a possible new Chicago dynasty. Brand averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game; his 3.9 offensive rebounds per game were the second-best in the NBA.

Los Angeles Clippers (2001–2008)

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Brand played with the Clippers for six seasons

After two successful seasons with the Bulls, Brand was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2001 for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler.[3] In 2002, Brand became the first Clipper since Danny Manning (in 1994) to be selected to the All-Star team.[4]

When Brand became a restricted free agent in 2003, the Miami Heat made an offer worth $82 million over six years.[5] In what was an unprecedented move by team owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers matched Miami's offer and managed to keep Brand a Clipper.[6] Prior to this, the biggest contract Sterling had approved to that point was a five-year, $15 million deal for Eric Piatkowski in 1998.[7] Sterling had also refused to offer Brand a contract extension one year prior, when he was willing to accept less than the maximum.[8]

In the 2006 NBA season, Brand experienced a personal renaissance. He posted career-highs in points per game (24.7) and field-goal percentage (52.7), while leading the Clippers to a 47–35 record, their then-best record in team history, and good enough for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Brand was selected to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game and considered as a strong candidate for the 2006 NBA MVP.[9] Brand led the franchise to its first playoff series win since 1976, when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves. Although the Clippers eventually lost in Game 7 of the second round (Western Conference Semifinals) against the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers had the best season that their franchise had ever seen at that time. Brand received the Joe Dumars Trophy after being named the 2005–06 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.[10]

Following his stellar 2005–06 season, Brand regressed somewhat in the following season. His scoring average in 2006–07 dropped and the Clippers missed the playoffs.

He missed most of the 2007–08 season due to a ruptured left Achilles' tendon. However, Brand made his return to the Clippers' lineup April 2, 2008 after being out since the end of the previous season. He contributed 19 points in his return. Brand played in only eight games that season. Brand later opted out of the final year of his contract and became a free agent. Sources indicated that Brand chose to opt out from his contract in order to provide Clippers with more payroll flexibility in hopes of strengthening their roster.[11] This came to fruition when Clippers landed Golden State Warriors star Baron Davis. Briefly, this gave Clippers' management and the media the reassurance that Brand would indeed re-sign with the team.

Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2012)

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Brand boxing out vs the Golden State Warriors

On July 9, 2008, Brand signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to a reported five-year, $82 million contract.[12] Brand longed to return to the East Coast, and chose Philadelphia as it was the closest suitor to his hometown of Peekskill, New York.[13]

It was announced on February 5, 2009 that Brand would have season-ending shoulder surgery for the injury he sustained on December 17, 2008. During the game that night against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brand dislocated his shoulder when he was knocked to the floor while going for a rebound. Brand had been coming off of the bench so that he could be slowly worked back into the lineup, but after over a month on the bench and only six games back during which his production was severely limited, the decision was made to go forward with the surgery. The procedure was successfully performed on February 9.

On February 4, 2012 Brand scored a Sixers career high 33 points in a 100–98 win over the New York Knicks. He finished his first tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers averaging 11 points per game and just over 8 rebounds per game during the 2011–12 season. He averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in the 2012 NBA Playoffs in a total of 13 games when the Sixers lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Boston Celtics 85–75.

On July 11, 2012, Brand was released from the 76ers via the amnesty clause.[14]

Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)

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Brand with the Mavericks

On July 13, 2012, Brand was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks with a winning bid of $2.1 million. The 76ers still had to pay out the remaining balance of the $18.2 million owed to Brand this season in the final year of his contract.[15]

In 2012–13, he averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.2 minutes per game. He played 72 games and started 18 of them. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999–2000 season.

Atlanta Hawks and first retirement (2013–2015)

On July 15, 2013, Brand signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[16] On September 23, 2014, he re-signed with the Hawks[17] and changed his long-time jersey number of 42, to 7.[18] On August 11, 2015, Brand announced his retirement from professional basketball.[19]

Return to the 76ers and second retirement (2016)

On January 4, 2016, Brand came out of retirement to re-enter the NBA, citing that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski helped convince him to return to play.[20] Later that day, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, returning to the franchise for a second stint.[21] On January 26, he was activated for the first time, but did not play for the 76ers against the Phoenix Suns.[22] On March 4, he made his season debut for the 76ers, playing in an NBA game for the first time since May 20, 2015. In 13 minutes off the bench, he recorded eight points and four rebounds in a 112–102 loss to the Miami Heat.[23] On March 12, he recorded a 10-point game against the Detroit Pistons,[24] scoring in double digits for the first time since April 14, 2014. On March 27, he recorded a second 10-point game in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.[25] Two days later, he scored seven points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets,[26] as he became the 51st player in NBA history to reach 9,000 career rebounds.[27]

On September 7, 2016, Brand re-signed with the 76ers.[28] However, on October 20, 2016, he announced his second retirement.[29][30]

Post-playing career

On December 6, 2016, Brand was named as the player development consultant of the Philadelphia 76ers.[31][32] On August 28, 2017, he was named general manager of the Delaware 87ers (now Delaware Blue Coats).[33]

On September 20, 2018, Brand was promoted to general manager position of the Philadelphia 76ers.[34]

Player profile

Elton Brand in March 2013
Brand with the Dallas Mavericks

Early in his career, Brand established himself as one of the top power forwards of the NBA. He holds career averages of 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds (3.3 being offensive rebounds) and 1.8 blocks per game in 1,005 career games.[35]

Brand uses his wide body and surprising athleticism for a man his weight in order to out-muscle his opponents. A large wingspan also allows him to be a proficient shot-blocker.

In his first years in the league, he had a few, but effective and powerful moves underneath the basket which already made him an effective post player. During the off-season prior to the 2005–06 season, he trimmed his weight to increase his quickness and added more finesse moves underneath the basket so that he could score without having to utilize power all the time. But most importantly, he worked on his shooting range and developed a dependable 18 ft. jumper. As a result, he raised his scoring by 4.7 points in that season.

Accomplishments

  • 2× NBA All-Star: 2002, 2006
  • All-NBA:
    • Second Team: 2006
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2000
  • NBA co-Rookie of the Year: 2000 (with Steve Francis)
  • 2× NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2000 (348), 2002 (396)

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Chicago 81 80 37.0 .482 .000 .685 10.0 1.9 .8 1.6 20.1
2000–01 Chicago 74 74 39.3 .476 .000 .708 10.1 3.2 1.0 1.6 20.1
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 80 80 37.8 .527 .000 .742 11.6 2.4 1.0 2.0 18.2
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 62 61 39.6 .502 .000 .685 11.3 2.5 1.1 2.5 18.5
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 69 68 38.7 .493 .000 .773 10.3 3.3 .9 2.2 20.0
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 81 81 37.0 .503 .000 .752 9.5 2.6 .8 2.1 20.0
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 79 79 39.2 .527 .333 .775 10.0 2.6 1.0 2.5 24.7
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 80 80 38.5 .533 1.000 .761 9.3 2.9 1.0 2.2 20.5
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 8 6 34.3 .456 .000 .787 8.0 2.0 .4 1.9 17.6
2008–09 Philadelphia 29 23 31.7 .447 .000 .676 8.8 1.3 .6 1.6 13.8
2009–10 Philadelphia 76 57 30.2 .480 .000 .738 6.1 1.4 1.1 1.1 13.1
2010–11 Philadelphia 81 81 34.7 .512 .000 .780 8.3 1.5 1.1 1.3 15.0
2011–12 Philadelphia 60 60 28.9 .494 .000 .733 7.2 1.6 1.0 1.6 11.0
2012–13 Dallas 72 18 21.2 .473 .000 .710 6.0 1.0 .7 1.3 7.2
2013–14 Atlanta 73 15 19.4 .539 .000 .649 4.9 1.0 .5 1.2 5.7
2014–15 Atlanta 36 4 13.5 .442 .000 .522 2.8 .6 .5 .7 2.7
2015–16 Philadelphia 17 1 13.2 .431 .000 .889 3.7 1.1 .5 .5 4.1
Career 1058 868 33.0 .500 .095 .736 8.5 2.1 .9 1.7 15.9
All-Star 2 0 18.0 .563 .000 .000 8.5 .5 .5 .5 9.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 L.A. Clippers 12 12 43.1 .551 .000 .750 10.3 4.0 .9 2.6 25.4
2011 Philadelphia 5 5 37.0 .548 .000 .769 8.4 .6 .4 1.2 15.6
2012 Philadelphia 13 13 27.4 .465 .000 .625 4.8 .5 .8 1.5 8.6
2014 Atlanta 7 0 11.6 .167 .000 .800 3.3 .9 .1 .9 1.1
2015 Atlanta 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .0 .3
Career 40 30 28.6 .516 .000 .719 6.3 1.6 .6 1.6 12.6

Personal life

Brand started the Elton Brand Foundation in the spring of 2000. His foundation is an organization that provides support to worthy causes in Chicago, Illinois; Peekskill, New York; and Durham, North Carolina.

In the summer of 2006, Elton married his longtime girlfriend (and fellow Duke student) Shahara Simmons in North Carolina. Brand also played for Team USA in the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championships, averaging 8.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Brand is a founding member and president of Gibraltar Films,[36] a company engaged in film investment, acquisition, production, and distribution of motion pictures. The first project of Gibraltar Films was the production of a Vietnam-era prisoner-of-war film Rescue Dawn, directed by Werner Herzog. Brand attended the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.[37]

See also

References

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1998–99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1998–99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season concluded in the 64-team 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament whose finals were held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Connecticut Huskies earned their first national championship by defeating the Duke Blue Devils 77–74 on March 29, 1999. They were coached by Jim Calhoun and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player was Richard Hamilton.

In the 32-team 1999 National Invitation Tournament, the California Golden Bears defeated the Clemson Tigers at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Following the season, the 1999 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American Consensus First team included Elton Brand, Mateen Cleaves, Richard Hamilton, Andre Miller and Jason Terry. The consensus second team was composed of Evan Eschmeyer, Steve Francis, Trajan Langdon, Chris Porter and Wally Szczerbiak.

1999 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 4–7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the second Charlotte Coliseum. Duke won the championship game over North Carolina. It was the first of an unprecedented five consecutive ACC Tournament championships. Duke's championship followed a perfect 16–0 record in conference play. Elton Brand of Duke was tournament MVP.

1999 NBA draft

The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999, at the MCI Center (now Capital One Arena) in Washington, D.C. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William Avery (14th) being selected out of Duke University. It is widely viewed as one of the best draft classes, with a total of nine future NBA All-Stars being chosen, as well as three winners of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award—Manu Ginóbili, Jason Terry, and Lamar Odom. Undrafted Pablo Prigioni made his NBA debut at the 2012–2013 season as the oldest rookie in league history, at age 35.

1999 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1999 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1999–2000 Chicago Bulls season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Bulls' 34th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls won the Draft Lottery, and selected Elton Brand out of Duke University with the first pick in the 1999 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired Hersey Hawkins from the Seattle SuperSonics, and re-signed free agents B.J. Armstrong and Will Perdue, who both won championships with the team in the early 1990s. However, the Bulls' struggles continued as they lost 26 of their first 28 games. At midseason, Toni Kukoč was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, as the team acquired John Starks from the Golden State Warriors in a three-team trade. However, after just four games, Starks was released.

The Bulls finished last place in the Central Division with a 17–65 record. Brand averaged 20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game, and was named Rookie of The Year along with Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets. First round draft pick Ron Artest was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Hawkins re-signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, Randy Brown signed with the Boston Celtics, and Armstrong retired while Perdue was released.

1999–2000 NBA season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals.

2001–02 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the Clippers' 32nd season in the National Basketball Association, and their 18th season in Los Angeles. The Clippers selected high school star Tyson Chandler with the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, but soon traded him to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand. With the acquisition of Brand and the continued improvements of second-year guard Quentin Richardson, Corey Maggette and Michael Olowokandi, the Clippers played competitive basketball through most of the first half holding a 25–26 record at the All-Star break, despite Lamar Odom playing just 29 games due to a wrist injury. However, after holding a 36–33 record in mid March, the Clippers struggled and lost 7 of their final 10 games. They failed to make the playoffs finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 39–43 record. Brand was also selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, second-year forward Darius Miles was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jeff McInnis signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers.

2005–06 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2005–06 Los Angeles Clippers season was their 36th season in the NBA and their 22nd in Los Angeles. The Clippers finished with 47 wins and 35 losses in the regular season, their best record since the 1974–75 season when they were the Buffalo Braves and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997 as the 6th seed, finishing with a better record than their crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Lakers, who finished two games behind them with a 45–37 record as the 7th seed, since 1992.

In the playoffs, the Clippers defeated the 3rd seeded Denver Nuggets in the First Round in five games, marking the first time they have won a series since moving to California in 1978. The Clippers would then advance to the Semifinals, where they lose in seven games to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns had previously defeated the Clippers' Staples Center co-tenants, the Los Angeles Lakers, in seven games in the First Round after being down 1–3 in the series.

The Clippers would not return to the playoffs until 2012.

2006 NBA playoffs

The 2006 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2005–06 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeating the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Dwyane Wade was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Clippers were the biggest surprise, as they not only made the playoffs for the first time since 1997, but advanced to the second round for the first time since 1976, when they were the Buffalo Braves. They came within 1 game of making the conference finals for the first time, but lost Game 7 to the Suns.

2006 was the playoff debut of LeBron James, who helped the Cavaliers eke out 1-point OT victories over the Washington Wizards in Games 5 and 6 of their first-round series to advance. It was their first playoff appearance since 1998, and they earned their first playoff series win since 1993. Against the two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons, the Cavs were routed in Game 1 and lost Game 2 by 6 before winning the next 3 and being 1 game away from beating the Pistons. Detroit recovered and won the last 2 to take the series in 7.

2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 70th season of the franchise, 60th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team finished with a .500 record.

The only two things memorable about the season is that the team went back to the classic uniform style the team wore in the 1980s, and the Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls in a game played at The Spectrum, the teams home from 1967–1996.

The team signed Elton Brand to a 5-year $79 million dollar contract.

2009–10 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2009–10 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 71st season of the franchise, 61st in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The season was memorable on December 2 when Allen Iverson returned to the team for his second stint with the Sixers. However, it was short lived as he left the team in February to attend to his then 4-year-old daughter Messiah's health issues. Although Iverson was selected to play in what could have been his 11th consecutive All-Star Game, he backed out due to personal reasons. In March, it was announced that Iverson would not return to the 76ers for the rest of the season. The Sixers season ended with a disappointing 27-55 record. After the season, Eddie Jordan was fired, replacing him with former Sixer Doug Collins for the next season. Iverson would later on play overseas following the season.

2010–11 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2010–11 Philadelphia 76ers season is the 72nd season of the franchise, 62nd in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 48th in Philadelphia.

The Sixers 41-41 record earned them 7th in the Eastern Conference. They lost to the Miami Heat, who added LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in five games.

2011–12 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2011–12 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 73rd season of the franchise, 63rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 49th in Philadelphia. The Sixers finished the regular season with a 35–31 record, earning the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Philadelphia faced the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round and won the series in six games. This marked the first time the Sixers won an NBA playoffs series since 2003, when they defeated the New Orleans Hornets in six games in the First Round. This was only the fifth time an eighth-seeded team beat a first-seeded team in the playoffs in league history, following the Denver Nuggets in 1994, the New York Knicks in 1999, the Golden State Warriors in 2007, and the Memphis Grizzlies in 2011. The Sixers ended their postseason run after losing in seven games to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

This marked the last time the Sixers made the playoffs until 2018.

2012–13 Dallas Mavericks season

The 2012–13 Dallas Mavericks season was the 33rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

For the first time in fourteen seasons, the Mavericks failed to qualify for the playoffs.

2013–14 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2013–14 Atlanta Hawks season was the 64th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the 46th in Atlanta.

Freeman Williams

Freeman Williams (born May 15, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was the 1978 NCAA men's basketball Division I scoring champion, and the Portland State University all-time scoring leader. Williams was the NCAA Division I national men's basketball individual scoring leader in 1977 and 1978. Williams was a consensus second team All-American in 1978. He is second in Division I history in scoring, trailing only Pete Maravich. He was born in Los Angeles.

He was a 1978 first round draft pick (8th overall) by the Boston Celtics. His pro playing career started in 1978 with the San Diego Clippers. He finished in the top 10 for three-point field goals in three consecutive seasons, 1980 through 1982. In December 1980, Freeman became the first Clippers player to win a Player of the Month award, and the only one in franchise history until Elton Brand did so 25 years later.In September 1982, Freeman Williams was traded by the Atlanta Hawks along with John Drew, and cash to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dominique Wilkins who was drafted by the Jazz and refused to sign. After that season (1982–83), Williams only played in 27 more games: 18 with Utah in 1983 and nine with the Washington Bullets in 1986.

In 1987, Williams played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the Tanduay Rhum Masters, where he famously scored 82 points, including 10 three-pointers, in one game.

Freeman had a small part in the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump, playing fictional playground legend Duck Johnson.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers, abbreviated by the team as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference. The Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, an arena shared with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year. The Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, The Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success. The Clippers were frequently seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the historically successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.

The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul. In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons. They also added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep. They repeated as division champions in 2014.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first, second, and third place votes (worth five points, three points, and one point respectively). The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ben Simmons. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. There has only been one winner taken in the second round of the draft, Malcolm Brogdon, who was taken 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season. Five players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes) – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, and both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U.S. while in high school. Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S.

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