How much did Kwame Brown make per game? Per minute? Per point?

How much did Kwame Brown make per game? Per minute? Per point?

Kwame Brown's tenure as a Philadelphia 76er came to an end Wednesday night around 5 p.m.

The Sixers waived Brown and Darius Morris prior to their loss to the Raptors to sign guards Lorenzo Brown and Elliot Williams.

Explaining the moves, Brett Brown cited Tony Wroten's play as what pushed Morris out the door, and Kwame ... Kwame "was never able to get on a court."

Specifically:

Is there anyone who can't believe Kwame didn't make it to the end of an unnecessary two-year deal?

The guy played nine games the season prior and some combination of Doug Collins, Tony DiLeo and Rod Thron decided it best to give him a player-option.

From most of what's been reported, it seems as if Kwame, less so than having actual injuries, lacked any real desire to play. John Finger sums it up this way:

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.

So -- as I baited you with in the headline -- how much did Kwame actually make as a Sixer? Well, once he exercised his player-option this summer, his contract became a two-year deal worth just shy of $6 million. To keep the math nice and neat, we're just calling it $6 million.

If we use this 2011 figure from Grantland as a jumping-on point, that means Brown, the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 draft, has now made $64.4 million playing for eight different teams -- even though he never actually appeared in a game as a Milwaukee Buck.

Just pertaining to his Sixers career, Brown played 22 games, 269 total minutes and recorded 41 points, 74 rebounds, 9 assists, 10 blocks and 17 made field goals.

If we break down his contract by each of those numbers independently, then, as a Sixer, Kwame made ...

  • $272,727.27 per game
  • $146,341.46 per point
  • $81,081.08 per rebound
  • $666,666.67 per assist (seems apropos)
  • $600,000.00 per block
  • $352,941.18 per field goal
  • $22,304.83 per minute

If you think any one of those numbers are horrifying, consider that Brown has made $13 million in his last two contracts over the last three seasons playing 31 games for three different teams -- even though, again, he never actually appeared in a game as a Milwaukee Buck.

If you think about it that way, then Kwame, in the last three seasons, has made:

  • $419,354.84 per game

Lest no one forget the report from John Mitchell last year that Doug Collins actually wanted give Kwame five years and $30 million. Who knows how true that is or was. Let's just end it with these:

The timeless question: Who's stealing money in the NBA?

Previously:
>>Photos: Kwame Brown is huge in Spain
>>Video: That One Time Kwame Brown Swatted Dwight Howard
>>Kobe: ‘What was I supposed to do? Pass it to … Kwame Brown?’

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Between recent wins and Joel Embiid’s All-Star push, fans are buying their Sixers gear.

According to Fanatics.com, a sports apparel website partnered with the four major sports, the Sixers rank fourth among all NBA teams in total merchandise sales over the past seven days. The Warriors, Cavaliers and Bulls are ahead of them.

Joel Embiid was the fifth-best selling player over that period. His popularity has risen during his enthusiastic All-Star campaign, which included celebrity shoutouts and an outpour of social media activity. Embiid is now up to 553,000 Twitter followers.

The Sixers have ranked in the league’s top 10 of merchandise sales since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. They hold the largest year-over-year increase during that time frame in the NBA this season.

In September, Ben Simmons ranked in the top 10 of NBA players in merchandise sales since draft night.

Sales from the Sixers' and NBA's official online stores are included in these statistics.

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

The Sixers are clicking just in time to face their toughest competition in over a month. The Raptors (28-13) come to Philadelphia as the Sixers have won six of their last eight games by holding one another accountable and taking each outing step-by-step.

“You feel like the group is coming together,” Brett Brown said. “You feel like all the work that we have put in is starting to pay dividends in relation to a solid foundation.”

The Raptors sit second in the Eastern Conference, just one and a half games behind the Cavaliers. The last time they met, the Raptors beat the Sixers 123-114 on Dec. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center.

A lot has changed since then, especially the rotations. Brown started Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together against the Raptors, an experiment that waned out after six games. The Sixers have found a formula to winning with an established starting lineup and a consistent second unit, with the added experience of Gerald Henderson and Nerlens Noel. They will be tested Wednesday as both Joel Embiid (illness) and T.J. McConnell (wrist) are questionable.

“When you look at this team, it’s a lot of talent but we didn’t play as a team,” Ilyasova said of the start of the season. “Now we come together. I think it’s all about the chemistry, we trust each other.”

The Sixers are looking to carry over the momentum of a 113-104 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday. They got a test of All-Star caliber talent against Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom they held to two points in the second half. The Sixers will have their hands full with the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry (22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists).

One key to countering talent like that placing an importance on accountability. The players are not letting each other off the hook for mistakes on the court, regardless of who the opponent is.

“I could see it over the past couple weeks, guys coming out here and being more vocal on both ends of the court,” Noel said. “If one guy messes up, you’ve got to let him know so it won’t be a recurring thing. With that, guys are taking steps in the right direction, both leadership roles because everybody on this team can be a leader in their own way.”

The Raptors come in on a four-game winning streak.