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Kwame Brown Looks To Bring Toughness, Rebounding To Frontcourt

The Sixers announced Friday that they have signed free agent center Kwame Brown. Head coach Doug Collins is looking for the 6-11, 270-pound big man to fill the void of toughness and post defense left by veteran forward Elton Brand, whom the team designated as their amnesty player on July 12. 

While Brown, who was drafted first overall in 2001 by the Washington Wizards, never became the dominant player many thought he would when he bypassed college and took his promising talents to the NBA eleven years ago, he has quietly become one of the NBA’s more reliable post defenders.

“Kwame is a good rebounder and someone who can compliment some of the other guys on our roster,” said Collins during a press conference Tuesday. “We felt very strongly that what our team needed to do was add size, strength, toughness, and defense in the post.

“When (associate head coach) Michael Curry had him in Detroit (as the Pistons' head coach during the 2008-09 season), he believed that Kwame was one of the top-five interior defenders in the NBA; that’s what we feel like we’re getting.”

Last year, as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Brown was poised to take over his team's full-time starting center duties. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending pectoral injury after appearing in nine games and missed the rest of the season. The year prior, in 2010-11, he had perhaps his best season as a pro, starting 50 games for the Charlotte Bobcats and posting 11.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per 36 minutes. 

Brown’s tough brand of basketball fits perfectly with Coach Collins’ blue collar philosophy and his prowess on the offensive and defensive glass makes him an ideal fit next to finesse bigs Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. 

“We’re not asking Kwame to come in and be the number-one pick in the draft,” said Collins. ”He's coming to a place that he feels good about and I think we're going to see the best of what he has to offer."

The Sixers have options in the frontcourt and will likely utilize a number of bigs in the nightly rotation. The team currently has six post players under contract for the 2012-13 season- Brown, Hawes, Young, Lavoy Allen, Nikola Vucevic, and rookie Arnett Moultrie; Collins has not ruled out using rookie swingman Maurice Harkless and small forward Dorell Wright at power forward in 2012-13.  

Posted July 20, 2012, 2:05 PM