NBA Free Agents 2011: Kwame Brown Won't Make Warriors a Playoff Team

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 14, 2011

After failures to land centers Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan, the Golden State Warriors dropped a tier to sign noted bust Kwame Brown on Tuesday.

Brown, who was selected No. 1 overall out of high school by the Washington Wizards in 2001, has never lived up to the hype, with career averages of 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks, while shooting under 50 percent from the floor.

Brown, who was signed for one year and $7 million, does help the Warriors, who have made the playoffs once in the last 17 seasons because of the lack of a defensive presence in the paint. He is a good one-on-one defender, minus the shot-blocking ability.

But if the Warriors really wanted to improve on their 36-46 record last season, they needed more than Brown, like, say, Chandler or Jordan.

Instead, they are forced to settle in a move that will improve their chances, but likely won't land them in the playoffs next season.

The Warriors have always had an explosive offense, recently led by guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, forward David Lee and the ever-improving Dorell Wright.

But there's a reason why the Warriors reportedly went after Chandler and Jordan before Brown—because they knew that was what they needed to make a legitimate push for the postseason.

On top of that, Brown is a poor ball-handler and shooter, from the field and from the free-throw line. He's essentially going to be like having the recently-retired Adonal Foyle in the post offensively.

Sure, the Warriors didn't sign him for his offense, but former Warriors like Foyle have proven that it can be maddening basically being one man short on offense.

To make matter worse, the Warriors spent most of their cap space on Brown and used their amnesty provision on emerging player Reggie Williams trying to pursue Jordan. Now they've spent a lot of money and lost a solid player for...Kwame Brown?

This looks like yet another one of those desperate moves by the Warriors after realizing they can't land a center who matters.

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