Sixers player evaluation: Kwame Brown

Sixers player evaluation: Kwame Brown

April 22, 2013, 9:00 am
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Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will recap the Sixers’ season by evaluating each member of the roster.

Kwame Brown

Position: Center

Status: Player option held for 2012-13 worth a reported $2.9 million

Signature game of 2012-13

Brown came off the bench and played 16 solid minutes where he registered six points and eight rebounds in a 100-98 victory over Dallas on Nov. 27 at the Wells Fargo Center. He also blocked a shot and had a steal, but his production went beyond mere stats. Brown was integral in the Sixers’ interior defense, guarding Mavericks big men Elton Brand and Chris Kaman.

From Nov. 27:

Doug Collins wants to get the word out that he doesn’t care if Kwame Brown scores another basket for the rest of the season. In fact, the Sixers’ coach wants to start a little media campaign to get the word out about the veteran Brown and his skills as a low-post defender.
 
Offense? Whatever Brown gives is a bonus.
 
“That’s why we signed him,” Collins explained. “We didn’t get him because he was the top pick in the draft. We got him because he’s a tremendous low-post defender. We need him. We need him and Lavoy [Allen]. That’s the only size we have.”

Brown in 2012-13

Brown was literally non-existent during the second half of the season. After playing six minutes on Feb. 20 in Minnesota for the first game after the All-Star break, Brown did not appear in another game for the rest of the season.

In addition to the 30 consecutive DNP-CDs, Brown struggled with injuries during training camp and never got it going. He struggled with a litany of injuries, aches, pains and, perhaps most importantly, motivation. Brown left the team briefly to tend to “personal issues.” When he returned to the team, he missed another practice with more “personal issues” and then was scratched from a game with a sinus infection. A source said Brown often visited the training room and skipped practices complaining of injuries that didn’t exist.

Prospectus

The logical move would seem to be a buyout if Brown chooses to exercise the player option on his contract. Actually, the logical move was to not sign Brown at all. Though he was earmarked to be a starter before the Sixers made the deal for Andrew Bynum, Brown made minimal contributions when it was clear that Bynum would not play.

If Brown couldn’t earn playing time with the Sixers in dire need of an inside presence, why would it be expected in the future?

On Kwame Brown …

“Kwame’s a lot quicker than people give him credit for. Kwame can move with the ball and give containment. He brings a big presence in there, where if I was going down there, I wouldn't want to run into him.”

--Jrue Holiday, Nov. 27, 2012

“I think when we signed Andrew Bynum that it set [Brown] back a little bit. Kwame saw that his role was going to be different. He came into training camp and got hurt. … He’s been nicked up most of the year. I feel badly he hasn’t played. I was hoping he was going to play more.

--Doug Collins, April 12, 2013

“I think this young guy has been so beat up throughout his whole career over not being that No. 1 that everyone thought he should have been, and he carries that with him. There’s a lot of scar tissue built up there and I’m aware of that. I was with him at that stage of his career when he was going through that and at this stage of his career, I want him to understand what he brings to our team.”

--Doug Collins, Oct. 5, 2012