NBA Draft Busts: Kwame Brown
It was just a matter of time before I found time to profile the founder, ceo, and president of the NBA Busts Club…the one, the only, Kwame Brown.
The Washington Wizards, under president Michael Jordan, selected Brown with number one pick in the 2001 NBA Draft (Jordan’s first draft as president). The 6-foot 11-inch 19-year old high-school kid out of Glynn Academy in Georgia was considered a no-brainer by many NBA executives. Unfortunately for Kwame, Jordan, and the Wizards, he was far from the dominating presence he was in high school. Brown was immature and overmatched in his rookie year, averaging a putrid 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. However, the Wizards weren’t ready to give up on their number one pick just yet. Brown played more minutes during his next two seasons in Washington, posting career highs in points and rebounds during the 2003-2004 campaign. Injuries plagued Brown in his fourth season with the Wizards, limiting him to only 41 games. The 2004-2005 season served as Brown’s last with Washington, as he was traded to the Lakers in the off-season.
Kwame spent two and a half roller coaster seasons with the Lakers. His inconsistency at times was baffling, yet he was an integral part of the Lakers 2005-2006 playoff run. Injuries again plagued Brown during the 2006-2007 season and carried over into the 2007-2008 season. The Lakers had grown increasingly frustrated with the often lazy center and shipped him to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Pau Gasol trade midway through the 2007-2008 season.
Brown finished out the year with the Grizzlies, playing in only 15 games while averaging 13.6 minutes per game. The Grizzlies chose not to re-sign Brown in the off-season, making him a free agent and prompting the Detroit Pistons to sign him to a two-year deal. Brown played in only 106 games during his two years with the Pistons, averaging around 4 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. Most recently, Brown spent the past season with the Charlotte Bobcats playing once again for Michael Jordan. He started 50 of the 66 games he appeared in for the Bobcats and averaged close to 8 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Brown, now 28-years old, has played for 5 different teams in his 10 seasons in the league. I can understand if Brown was the 11th or 12th man on an NBA roster, but I can’t even begin to imagine why he continues to start games in the NBA. At best he’s a backup center on a below average team. Anyway, Brown is currently an unrestricted free agent and I won’t be shocked if he once again finds a home in the NBA.