Elton Brand expects to be Mavs enforcer

The Mavericks need somebody willing to do the dirty work in the paint. It doesn’t take a Duke education to figure that out.

Elton Brand, a first overall pick out of Duke and former All-Star, basically announced himself as willing and able to play the enforcer role.

“I’m definitely going to have to anchor the defense, bring toughness,” the 6-foot-9, 254-pound Brand said. “I’m not proud of it, but I think I led the league in flagrant fouls last year. You’ve got to bring that. In order to win, you’ve got to do those kind of things, protect that paint.”

Actually, Brand led the league in flagrant fouls in 2010-11, but you get his point.

– Reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas