Elton Brand. We all knew that was going to be the candidate that the 76er’s would end up choosing, but none of us really wanted to believe it. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is a bad hire. I just think that Elton is the easiest, most safe pick that the 76er’s could choose. This is a low-risk, low-reward decision for Josh Harris and the boys. The worst part about this situation is “low-reward” is not going to beat the Warrior’s for many, many years to come. I don’t even think this “low-reward” tactic will be able to keep up with the Celtics for the upcoming years.
The Sixers just were not in the right situation for this hire. If we were a team that was already on top of many of the NBA Power Rankings then I would completely change my mind and agree with the hire, but the Sixers sadly are not. What we need out of a GM right now is someone who will make waves. Someone who is different enough to make the changes we need in order to win. The Sixers should have taken the path that the Phillies did. No, I am not saying they should rebuild or anything even close to it. We have one of the best young cores in the league. I am saying we should have brought someone like Matt Klentak or Gabe Kapler in to help forward their thinking and take this team from a very good team, to a Championship Contender. If you are not a Phillies fan right now (Who is?) and the names Klentak and Kapler make your skin curl then another great franchise that we could look at is the Rockets. Yes, they have the Reigning MVP, that helps, but they also have a great GM that at one point was a risky hire.
I know after reading this it seems like I hate Elton Brand and the choice that the Sixers made, but honestly I think he may do well and the Sixers may win a lot of games, he is just not the person that will put the Sixers in the position to win championships.