Are Kwame Brown's Days in NBA Finally Over?

By Alan Gung
Kwame Brown
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Kwame Brown’s NBA and possibly basketball career is over. He and guard Darius Morris are no longer with the Philadelphia 76ers after they waived both players for two guards.

The Sixers were Brown’s seventh team. The often-injured Brown rarely played despite being in the final year of his two-year, guaranteed $3 million per season contract.

His signing also baffled many critics who wondered why the Sixers gave the journeyman a chance, especially for two years. Brown hasn’t played a minute this season after hurting his hamstring, giving the Sixers a better reason to waive the former top draft pick. He averaged 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games last season.

This may be the last time he’s in an NBA uniform after having a mediocre career after former Washington Wizards part-owner and president of basketball operations Michael Jordan took a chance and made Brown the league’s first-ever high school player selected as the No. 1 pick in the draft.

His only truly memorable moment with the Sixers has been the two big rejections he made early on in the game against Dwight Howard in his only appearance with the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center last season.

The emergence of recently signed Sixers center Brandon Davies also didn’t help Brown’s chances. Davies also saves the Sixers $2.5 million.

Morris was also another questionable pick up this offseason giving Sixers fans another reason why they’re attempting to secure next summer’s top pick. Morris seldom played with the Lakers and didn’t make much noise with the Sixers, despite exploding for 20 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. He averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 assists backing up rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams this season.

The Sixers signed Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown as insurance for Carter-Williams, who is recovering from a bruised foot, as a way to cut down on minutes and chance of injury. The Sixers were also slim at the point.

Both, Williams and Brown are athletic guards who were waived by the teams who drafted them. Williams averages 3.7 points after playing one season with the Portland Trailblazers and Brown was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves before starting his career.

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie utilizing his analytics and cost-efficient method seems to see Williams and Brown as players who the Sixers can get a lot of bang for their buck.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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