Kwame Brown
Kwame Brown

Kwame Hasani Brown (born March 10, 1982) is an American former skilled basketball participant who spent 12 seasons within the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA).[2] Chosen by the Washington Wizards within the 2001 NBA draft, Brown was the primary No. 1 general choose to be chosen straight out of highschool and the sixteenth participant from highschool to be drafted into the NBA.[3][4] He additionally performed for the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers. His efficiency as a primary general draft choose has led many analysts to label him as one of many “greatest busts” in NBA historical past.[5][6]


Brown was persistently rated because the “finest highschool participant” in his class, which additionally included highschool standouts Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler. He was the highschool participant of the 12 months as a senior in Georgia. Brown completed his highschool profession on the historic Glynn Academy (in Brunswick, Georgia) as the varsity’s all-time main rebounder (1,235) and shot-blocker (605), and likewise completed second all-time as a scorer (1,539 factors). He was named to the 2001 McDonald’s All-American Group. His senior averages have been 20.1 factors, 13.3 rebounds, 5.8 blocks, 3 assists and a pair of steals per sport.[7] Whereas Brown was a senior, Glynn produced a 24–7 file and reached the Georgia State semifinal.[8]

Skilled profession[edit]

Washington Wizards (2001–2005)[edit]

Initially signing a letter of intent to play for the College of Florida, he later declared for the 2001 NBA draft. The Washington Wizards, underneath crew president Michael Jordan, used their first general choose on him. Following a pre-draft exercise with the Wizards, it has been reported that Brown instructed then-Wizards coach Doug Collins, “In the event you draft me, you may by no means remorse it.”[9]

Maybe because of hype and excessive expectations, Brown’s rookie season was marred by a scarcity of maturity and manufacturing on the courtroom.[10] In his rookie 12 months, Brown averaged 4.5 factors and three.5 rebounds per sport.

Nonetheless, the Wizards believed in Brown’s potential. In his second season as an expert, Brown noticed extra motion within the league. He began 20 out of the 80 video games he performed and the full minutes he performed doubled. Brown improved his numbers, posting averages of seven.4 factors and 5.3 rebounds per sport. In his third season, Brown continued to enhance, posting profession highs in each factors (10.9) and rebounds (7.4). He additionally demonstrated his nice potential throughout a sport in opposition to the Sacramento Kings, throughout which he registered 30 factors and 19 rebounds.

After his first three years in Washington, Brown rejected a five-year, $30 million contract provide, electing as an alternative to check the free agent market when his contract expired after the season. In his fourth season, Brown was restricted to 42 video games attributable to accidents. His highest-scoring sport of the season was 19 factors, in comparison with his season-high of 30 the 12 months earlier than, and he averaged 7.0 factors per sport. Late within the season, criticism elevated; he feuded with Gilbert Arenas, different teammates, and his coach Eddie Jordan.

Los Angeles Lakers (2005–2008)[edit]

2005–06 season[edit]

On August 2, 2005, Brown and Laron Revenue have been traded to the Lakers in trade for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins. This transfer was met with some controversy from followers who disliked Brown’s repute and his label as an “under-achiever.” At first of the season, he averaged simply above 6 factors and 6 rebounds.

On December 26, 2005, he performed his first sport on the Washington Wizards’ MCI Middle (now referred to as Capital One Enviornment) as a Laker. The sold-out crowd of 20,173 followers loudly booed him upon coming into the sport and at any time when he touched the ball. Within the second quarter, Brown was wanting the opposite method when teammate Sasha Vujačić threw a cross his method. The ball bounced off his head and landed out of bounds, which was met with loud cheers from the group.[11] Brown referred to as the reception “weak” and said that “they need to be cheering that I am gone.”[11] The Wizards gained the sport 94–91.

When Lakers middle Chris Mihm went down with a season-ending ankle harm on March 12, 2006, Brown took over the beginning middle place. Throughout his stint as a middle, he raised his averages from 6.1 factors and 6.3 rebounds to 12.3 factors and 9.1 rebounds and began each sport for the Lakers within the playoffs. Brown grew to become a central a part of the Lakers seven-game sequence with the Phoenix Suns. Though they ended up dropping the sequence, it had appeared that Kwame Brown’s potential was starting to point out.

2006–07 season[edit]

The shocking consistency Brown confirmed whereas taking part in middle prompted Phil Jackson to make Brown the beginning middle within the 2006–07 season. Brown was injured initially of the season and Mihm was additionally out with harm for the entire season, so the beginning job at middle was given to the younger Andrew Bynum. After taking part in the vast majority of the minutes at middle regardless of the bench position, he was given the beginning job in early December.

2007–08 season[edit]

Brown once more grew to become injured within the 2007–08 season which allowed Bynum to begin once more on the middle place the place he flourished. Nonetheless, when Bynum suffered a knee harm that appeared to jeopardize the Lakers’ playoff probabilities, Brown regained his beginning place.

Memphis Grizzlies (2008)[edit]

On February 1, 2008, Brown was traded together with Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, and the Lakers’ 2008 and 2010 first-round draft picks for Pau Gasol and a second-round choose in 2010.[12] On July 1, 2008, the Memphis Grizzlies selected to not signal Brown to a brand new contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.[citation needed]

Detroit Pistons (2008–2010)[edit]

On July 28, 2008, reported that the Pistons signed Brown to a two-year deal price $8 million, with the second 12 months a participant choice.[13]

Charlotte Bobcats (2010–2011)[edit]

On August 23, 2010, Brown signed a one-year cope with the Bobcats.[14]

Golden State Warriors (2011–2012)[edit]

On December 14, 2011, Brown signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Warriors.[15]

Philadelphia 76ers (2012–2013)[edit]

On March 13, 2012, Brown, together with Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh, was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in trade for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Brown by no means performed for the Bucks through the season.[16][17]

On July 20, 2012, Brown signed a two-year contract for practically $6 million with the Philadelphia 76ers.[18] After sustaining a proper hamstring pressure in September 2013,[19] Brown was waived by the 76ers on November 20 earlier than showing in a sport for them within the 2013–14 season.[20]

Publish-NBA profession[edit]

In 2017, Brown was the fifth general choose within the inaugural draft of the BIG3 basketball league. In BIG3 Brown performed for the three Headed Monsters, who made it to the finals and ended up dropping to Trilogy 51–46.[21][22]

In 2021, Brown created quite a few YouTube movies critiquing the assertion that he was a ‘bust” as a primary spherical draft choose, claiming that mainstream U.S. sports activities media unfairly focused him for over twenty years, in addition to negatively depicts black males, generally.[23] The movies have been created in response to destructive feedback about Brown’s profession from former NBA gamers Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on a Could 2021 episode of their podcast All of the Smoke.[24][25][26][27][28] Brown’s response has led to a major enhance of social media consideration, particularly by way of YouTube and Instagram. Due to this fact, some journalists at the moment are re-examining whether or not the “bust” label is reputable.[29][30][31]

Private life[edit]

His cousin is American former skilled basketball participant Jabari Smith.[32] His cousin’s son, Jabari Smith Jr. is an American faculty basketball participant for the Auburn Tigers of the Southeastern Convention (SEC). He was a consensus five-star recruit and one of many high gamers within the 2021 class.

In 2002, Brown’s hometown girlfriend, Joselyn Vaughn, moved into his Virginia residence.[33] Collectively that they had three daughters. In 2019, Brown sued for custody of the kids.[34]

Authorized points[edit]

In August 2003, Brown was arrested and charged with driving underneath intoxication close to his hometown of Brunswick.[35] In October 2007, Brown was arrested in Georgia and charged with disorderly conduct and interference with a legislation enforcement officer after an incident by which the driving force of a automotive by which he was a passenger was arrested for driving drunk with a suspended license.[36]

Brown was arrested on March 31, 2019, by Georgia police and charged with felony possession of edible marijuana merchandise and misdemeanor possession of lower than one ounce of marijuana.[37]

NBA profession statistics[edit]

  GP Video games performed   GS  Video games began  MPG  Minutes per sport
 FG{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}  Subject purpose proportion  3P{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}  3-point discipline purpose proportion  FT{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7}  Free throw proportion
 RPG  Rebounds per sport  APG  Assists per sport  SPG  Steals per sport
 BPG  Blocks per sport  PPG  Factors per sport  Daring  Profession excessive

Common season[edit]

12 months Group GP GS MPG FG{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} 3P{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} FT{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Washington 57 3 14.3 .387 .000 .707 3.5 .8 .3 .5 4.5
2002–03 Washington 80 20 22.2 .446 .000 .668 5.3 .7 .6 1.0 7.4
2003–04 Washington 74 57 30.3 .489 .500 .683 7.4 1.5 .9 .7 10.9
2004–05 Washington 42 14 21.6 .460 .000 .574 4.9 .9 .6 .4 7.0
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 72 49 27.5 .526 .000 .545 6.6 1.0 .4 .6 7.4
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 41 28 27.6 .591 .000 .440 6.0 1.8 1.0 1.2 8.4
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 23 14 22.1 .515 .000 .406 5.7 1.2 .7 .8 5.7
2007–08 Memphis 15 1 13.6 .487 .000 .412 3.8 1.1 .4 .3 3.5
2008–09 Detroit 58 30 17.2 .533 .000 .516 5.0 .6 .4 .4 4.2
2009–10 Detroit 48 1 13.8 .500 .000 .337 3.7 .5 .3 .3 3.3
2010–11 Charlotte 66 50 26.0 .517 .000 .589 6.8 .7 .4 .6 7.9
2011–12 Golden State 9 3 20.8 .525 .000 .441 6.3 .4 .9 .0 6.3
2012–13 Philadelphia 22 11 12.2 .459 .000 .368 3.4 .4 .3 .5 1.9
Profession 607 281 22.1 .492 .111 .570 5.5 .9 .5 .6 6.6


12 months Group GP GS MPG FG{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} 3P{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} FT{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Washington 3 0 20.0 .385 .000 .556 5.0 1.0 .0 .7 5.0
2006 L.A. Lakers 7 7 32.1 .523 .000 .710 6.6 1.0 .3 .9 12.9
2007 L.A. Lakers 5 5 26.6 .528 .000 .556 5.6 .2 .2 .8 8.6
2009 Detroit 3 0 16.0 .375 .000 .750 5.0 .0 .0 1.0 3.0
Profession 18 12 25.9 .500 .000 .660 5.8 .6 .2 .8 8.7



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