The Philadelphia 76ers announced yesterday that they have signed free agent center Kwame Brown. He was drafted out of high school by the Washington Wizards as the first draft pick in 2001. The fact that he has played for six teams in his 11 years in the NBA pretty much describes how his career has played out so far. Brown only played nine games for Golden State last season before he was sidelined with a season-ending injury.
His career average is less than seven points and less than six rebounds per game. Brown has been described by one writer as being one of the league’s more reliable post defenders. However, a check of his career record shows that he has averaged about one blocked shot per every two games.
Apparently the Sixers’ plan is to have Brown be the starting center and slide Spencer Hawes to power forward, which will be a new position for Hawes. But when you look at Brown’s career, he has averaged around 22 minutes per game.
So how do all these dismal stats add up to a starting role? Good question, and I have the answer.
I’m thinking that the Sixers will deploy a Center-by-Committee approach. Since they failed to obtain the major force needed in the front court, they will use a gaggle of centers each game, hoping that the fresher players will make up for a lack of talent. Imagine poor Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, or Joakim Noah having to contend with a fresh-legged opponent every five minutes. The Sixers will throw Brown, Lavoy Allen, Nikola Vucevic, and rookie Arnett Moultrie in series out in the post. Surely the opposition will be shaking in their shorts just thinking about this.
Or maybe Brown is just a temporary fix to allow time to see whether Allen or Moultrie can push into the starting lineup. Only time will tell. In any case, I don’t see anything in the 2013 roster that is going to allow the Sixers to take the next step forward among the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.
Do you see this differently? Drop a comment and let’s get a discussion going.