Yesterday, we took at look at someone named James Anderson. Today we take a look at former #1 Overall Pick Kwame Brown, the mass seated at the end of the Sixers’ bench for most of last season.
Name: Kwame Brown
Age: 31 (Holy shit! He’s 31?)
College: None (was the first EVER player to skip college and be drafted first overall)
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): $2.94 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 22 GP, 12.2 MPG, 1.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 BPG
How Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent in the Summer of 2012.
Pros: Umm, he has first overall pick pedigree. He is a big body who, when healthy, can take up space in the lane, and give you some fouls. I’m really reaching here, not too sure why the Sixers signed him last season. He can wear warmups for an entire season and not complain. He doesn’t take up much cap space, but still, he is getting paid too much money.
Cons: He’s older and injury-prone. Brown has never been known as someone who cares at all about basketball or developing any kind of game. He doesn’t block shots, he doesn’t rebound very well and he certainly doesn’t score. His entire career has been looked at as a disappointment, and he might be the biggest draft bust in NBA history, considering his age at the time of the 2001 Draft (19). There is no good reason to have an aging thirty-one year old Kwame Brown on your roster other than the fact that he is guaranteed his salary and the organization figures they are at least going to make him practice on a regular basis.
Brown has spent his entire career as a cautionary tale. He has been cited by some people as one of the reasons for the mandatory college attendance now required for potential NBA Draft Picks. Make no mistake, the rule wasn’t implemented because David Stern was so concerned about players getting an education, he didn’t want teams to be stuck with any more Kwame Browns. Brown is a player who may have been weeded out by two or three years of college, not that the Wizards would have been saved anyway. He came to the Sixers because Doug Collins believed in him, he is here now because this team can’t afford to win too many games this season.
Tomorrow: Royce White