76ers’ Elton Brand Names PSWA’s Good Guy Award-Winner

Elton Brand, PSWA Good Guy winner

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has been named winner of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Good Guy award, it was announced by PSWA president Rich Westcott.

Brand will be honored at the PSWA’s 107th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ. The public is invited, and tickets are available by clicking here.

The Good Guy award is presented every year to the Philadelphia area player who best exemplifies playing skills in conjunction with cooperation and accessibility with the media.

Brand, a two-time NBA All Star, is in his 12th professional season. He has a career average of 19.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. The former Duke All America was the No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 draft. After two seasons in Chicago, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he spent the next seven seasons before coming to Philadelphia.

Brand, a native of Peekskill, NY, has been playing at a high level for the 76ers this season—providing leadership on and off the court—after recovering from a series of injuries during his career including a torn left Achilles tendon and dislocated shoulder.

Brand will be joined at the head table by the Phillies’ Cy Young award-winning pitcher Roy Halladay, who will be honored as Pro Athlete of the Year; Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino, the Humanitarian of the Year, and San Jose Earthquakes soccer star Bobby Convey, the Native Son award winner.

Bill Bergey, one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles, will on hand to receive the Living Legend award. The Philadelphia Flyers, the 2010 Stanley Cup runner-ups, will be feted as the Team of the Year, and right winger Ian Laperriere, one of the Flyers’ most popular players, will accept that award.

Phillies general manager Rubin Amaro, Jr., and manager Charlie Manuel will also attend. Other prestigious awards, including Outstanding Amateur Athlete, among others, will be announced in coming weeks. The most coveted award—Most Courageous—is kept secret until the night of the dinner.

Tickets for the dinner are $95 apiece and can be purchased online by clicking here.

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