Who are the most crucial Atlanta Hawks players? Part 1

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Elton Brand sends back a shot attempt by Ed Davis. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images)

9. Elton Brand, PF/C 

Elton Brand is a solid NBA veteran. He will help the Hawks a great deal in matchups with teams that feature a lot of post players. Brand is a tough, smart player. Look for him to log around 15-20 minutes a game and provide solid leadership throughout the season.