NBA Roundtable

Golden State Enlists Kwame Brown’s Help

In Free Agency on December 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Marc Spears tweets

Warriors to sign C Kwame Brown to 1-year, $7 million deal, source tells Y! Sports.

Good short term signing. Fills a hole.

There is a passage from a Jerry West interview the other day which I’d like to quote also. He was talking about DeAndre Jordan here.

“He’s a young, active player who is probably coming into his own,” West said. “Those are the kinds of players who people are willing to take chances on in terms of paying a lot of money. At the end of the day, you have to find out what’s in store for anyone. I’m just not really sure about him.”

“It’s obvious that they need a low-post defender to help who they have, somebody who’s big and long and takes up a lot of space. But at what price?” West said. “I would never recommend or even consider signing someone unless it was just going to be a one-year fix for you. It gives the coach another piece of the puzzle. To me, everything has to play out, and, by Wednesday, we’ll know where things are. Then, you go to Plan B.”

I thought Jerry explained the Kwame Brown signing better than I could. Stop-gap signing. Plug a hole.

Further Analysis

Kwame Brown is an above average defender/rebounder at the center position. He has great size (6-11, 270lbs) and quickness. Very tough to move in the low post. Physical presence. Decent shot-blocking presence at the rim. All-round quality defensive five.

Offensively, Kwame is still a very weak player. Bad hands. Low confidence. Fluffs a lot of easy plays. A liability.

Kwame Brown will bring a much needed defensive five to the Golden State Warriors. He’ll help give that squad a little more balance but a lot more work is still to be done.

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