On Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia 76ers power forward Elton Brand announced his retirement prior to his 18th season in the NBA. He is considering taking a front office job with the organization if they offer one to him.

A basketball career

Shortly after being named National Player of the Year and an All-American at Duke, Brand was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the top overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was named Co-Rookie of the Year in his first season and played twoyears for the Bulls before enduring his longest stint with a single organization, the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers acquired the power forward for Brian Skinner and the draft rights to Tyson Chandler in 2001.

Brand was named to both of his All-Star teams while with the Clippers, both in 2002 and 2006, when he made a run at league MVP consideration. The 76ers signed Brand to a 5-year, $82 million dollar deal in 2008, but a shoulder injury derailed his time with the team, and he was released in 2012.

The New York native found his way to the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks before retiring in August 2015. Philadelphia convinced Brand to rejoin the team as a veteran leader in January 2016, and he stuck around long enough to record his 9,000th career rebound. He re-signed with the team in the offseason prior to his retirement.

Brand's retirement leaves just four active players from the 1999 NBA Draft: Andre Miller, Jason Terry, Metta World Peace, and Manu Ginobili.

Philadelphia outlook

Elton Brand wasn't expected to play major minutes on a young and talented 76ers team, but his retirement creates a void in veteran leadership and locker room presence: after the 37-year-old, the next eldest player on the roster is 30-year old point guard Sergio Rodriguez.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to play this game that I love," Brand said when announcing his retirement.

"I'm certaintly going to miss it."

Brand averaged 15.9 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in his career. His retirement will become official on Saturday, following the conclusion of the preseason.

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