Former GM of Delaware Blue Coats, Elton Brand, makes a big leap in the front office role as he was named the new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday morning. Brand spent the last two and half years working in the Sixers front office after spending the last 17 years in the NBA.
Brand was able to have an impressive interview after beating assistant GM’s of the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz Larry Harris and Justin Zanik; Houston Rocket’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas. While internal interviews were also conducted with assistant GM Ned Cohen and Sr. VP of player personnel Marc Eversley. The only internal employee that ended up getting a promotion in the front office was Alex Rucker to Executive VP of Basketball Operations.
After being a signed player two and half years ago, Brand replaces interim-GM Brett Brown, who took over the role for the summer after Bryan Colangelo and his wife disclosed confidential information on Twitter about players and coaches. Sixers executives love the idea of “mak[ing] collaborative decisions instead of a GM who will have the final say” according to Keith Pompey. Brown will overlook the day to day operations on the court as Elton Brand will look more long term as he eases his into his new role.
The two-time all-star spent 17 years with the various teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and of course, the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand averaged 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assist throughout his NBA tenure.
The number one pick of the 1999 draft will be introduced to the media as his first press conference will happen tomorrow at 11 am.
If Brand’s success as GM prospers, he could potentially start a trend in the NBA with executives selecting former NBA veterans playing serious roles in the NBA front office. Recently, we’ve seen players like Shareef Abdur Rahim – Director of Player Personnel of the Kings- and Allan Houston- Assistant GM of the Knicks- that are trying to evolve in the front office role after their basketball careers.