It’s good to be big: 76ers sign Kwame

To get to the other side. A newspaper. Kwame Brown.

And there you have them, three of the all-time biggest punchlines.

You can laugh some more about Brown if you want to, about his consensus “bust” status in 2001 as Michael Jordan‘s No. 1 overall pick in Jordan’s first go-around as an NBA executive and about the fact that he just hooked up with his seventh NBA team in 13 years.

Then again, Brown has lasted 13 years, longer than other notorious draft busts such as LaRue Martin, Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowokandi, Joe Barry Carroll and, alas, Greg Oden. He has amassed more than $58 million in NBA earnings in that time, not merely off some outrageous pre-rookie scale deal but in salaries of $4 million, $7 million, $9 million as team after team tried to tap his full potential.

Laugh, too, at this: Brown just got himself another $6 million over the next two seasons, agreeing to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. The second year is a player option, a further reminder of how marketable it is to stand 6-foot-11, weigh 270 pounds and not trip over one’s own feet.

How much coin did you secure for yourself today? So who’s laughing last?

The move to Philadelphia provides further evidence that, while Brown never performed at anything close to a star’s level and therefore was a bad pick at No. 1, he has been and is a serviceable fill-in center. Maybe that is his potential. His career numbers are adequate – 11.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per 36 minutes played, with a 12.6 PER – and his paycheck now of $3 million is below average, especially for centers. C’mon, it’s not like this guy is Darko Milicic (cue laugh track).

At age 30, he would seem to have a lot of useful life left, if he can get onto the court and stay there – Brown has participated in just 260 of 476 possible games over the past two seasons. In 2011-12, he got hurt with Golden State, then was traded in March to Milwaukee, for whom he never played; he averaged 6.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 20.8 minutes in nine appearances with the Warriors.

The biggest concern facing Brown, besides injury issues and bad jokes, is a return to Doug Collins, the Sixers coach who had him in Washington in Brown’s first two NBA seasons. Collins might get as frustrated now as he did then with Brown, especially on defense, and he has one of the league’s busier doghouses.

14 Comments

  1. MasterPiece says:

    I agree with Abdulla what a joke is Kwame Brown!!!! Seriously man what the hell the 76ers GM was thinking by signing the worst player in the NBA’s history!!!! if they wanna have good centers just trade some players that’s all !!!!
    By the way they will regret by sending Lou Williams aka SUPER SUB to the Hawks!!!!!

  2. johnny dawson says:

    Ok, here is the question. How many guys in the NBA who are six foot eleven weighing 270 can run up and down the floor faster than Kwame? Maybe four or five? Most guys that big have a hard time running down the floor fast enough to become involved in the play. Showing up is half the battle.

    • kILLarifIC says:

      running up and down is half the battle… if you cant do anything whats the point

  3. Give Kwane a break–hope he revives his career with the 76 ers

    • lol says:

      I don’t think he has anything to revive, he’s always been bad

      • abdulla says:

        LOL Kwame Brown is horrible, worst player in NBA History, waste, 76ers are gonna be cursed, kwame should just retire.

  4. panther1 says:

    GOOD MOVE SIXERS TO NOT INVEST A LOT OF MONEY IN ANY OF THESE PLAYERS,NOW THEY CAN BE
    PLAYERS IN THE NEXT FREE AGENT MARKET. KWAME WILL BE JUST FINE FOR WHAT THEY ARE ASKING OF HIM
    AS LONG AS HE DOESN’T GET HURT. ALL OF THESE MOVES ARE TO LET THEIR YOUNGER PLAYERS GROW.
    THERE WAS NOT A MOVE OUT THERE THAT WAS GOING TO MAKE THE SIXERS A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM IN ONE YEAR.

    • two says:

      ALRIGHT I THOUGHT I WAS AFRAID I WAS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOU BUT LUCKILY YOU TYPED IT ALL IN BIG LETTERS SO IT WAS EASIER TO READ

  5. JustOMatic! says:

    Kwame is still around and getting paid pretty nice, kinda forgot about him to I read this article…. He could be alot better than what he is though.. Seems to me that he needs a strong personality on the court to talk to help guide him.. much like MJ did when they played together in Washington. I think he may have some kind of breakthrough this season if he gets the minutes…. its been time for him to get over the hump and do a bit more. Good luck KB!

  6. KWAME IS OK says:

    The funny thing about Kwame is, he is a bust if you compare him to (some) other number one draft picks as you’d expect maybe 20 and 10 on a nightly basis. But for those teams that are signing him now for 3 million a season, 10 points and nearly 10 boards a game over his career, he is actually a pretty good bargain. KG just got 36 million for 3 years ( I know he WAS great, and brings a wealth of experience) and i’m thinking he won’t be averaging much more than Kwame, which contract would you rather?

    • kILLarifIC says:

      hes not a 10-10 carrer avg… hos career avg is 6.8 pts and 5.6 reb

    • zedd says:

      Yes, you are right that Kwame is ok. But to compare him to KG… even the KG this late in his career, KG is still worth the contract he got. KG averaged 16pts. and 8 rebounds last regular season. And upped it to 19pts and 10 rebounds in the playoffs. And not to mention that KG had the second highest +/- rating in the last playoffs, second only to Lebron James.
      Kwame on the other hand averages 6pts and 6 rebounds last season. And Kwame’s career average is 7 pts and 6 rebounds. (not 11pts and 8reb as Steve wrote in his article). So your statement “i’m thinking he (KG) won’t be averaging much more than Kwame” is totally off.

      Don’t get me wrong Kwame is a servicable back-up center. And Steve is right that that may be his potential. But he is no way near KG even with KG at this stage in his career.

  7. Travis says:

    Kwame is big and he does enough to be an NBA player he didn’t live up to the hype but compared to other centers in the league he has endured!

  8. Me says:

    Dang they got him for that? Why didn’t Celtics inquire about him?