I got to thinking of some big and physical 6'9 PFs from the last few years and three came to mind.
In their prime, who was better and why?
I'd take Brand in his prime over those two. His shot blocking ability being the main reason. He averaged over two blocks in his prime while putting up 20+ and 10+. He brought more to the table.
I'd go Brand, Z-Bo, West.
Easily Brand... he was a beast 20 10 every night with GREAT post D, rebounds, post scoring. A serious player and a serious man off court. Too bad Injuries cut his career.
Randolph was very talented after few years in the portland bench but he was also very disturbed. His best years came in memphis in a steady environment (after his NYC years playing with david Lee). Worse defensive player than brand but better stretching skills (mid range shoot) and more polish and more versatile in O.
West is the third. Great longevity. Serious player and serious man too but a step behind the two others. Less talented than the two others but great worker and team player. Lots of improvment in D through the years.
Elton Brand in his short lived prime was the best out of the three. He was the best two way player and he was a great first option for a clipper team that went 47-35 in the 05-06 season. He averaged nearly 25 points, ten rebounds, and close to three blocks a game in that same season. He was a beast before the Achilles and shoulder injuries cut his prime short. I don't think the other two players can anchor an offense and defense for a winning team as first options much like Brand did. This guy was a 20 and 10 from the get go.
prime - brand , offensively consistent, better defensive player than zach and west. in his prime he averaged 25, 10 , 2.5
but zach isn't far behind, tho always injured he always comes back strong, has alot of arsenal offensively.
brand and zach needs to be the the main guy to be fully effective, whilst west has never been the best player on his team he can help on other things, this is where he shines. i think west is the best role player out of the three.
refuses to be compared to them!
(mainly cus he loses...)
Brand no question.
david west is a really good player, but in his prime compared to zbo and brand, he just isn't quite there. west vs boozer prime would be a better debate. zbo has always been under appreciated and is the most consistent, but a prime brand is the way you have to go. brand was an mvp candidate one year- that would be peak prime. west and zbo were never good enough to have those considerations.
He was the clippers at that time, he carried the team, I just wish it translated into more wins.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Elton Brand and he is no taller than 6'6"
I guess his 6' 8.25" w/out shoes pre-draft measurements are wrong then...
I mean I got the chance to shake his hand when he was with the Sixers and he was about 6' 6". Maybe he shrunk? Idk what to tell you. Regardless, it's incredible how much he has accomplished in his career as an undersized PF.