Soon after Kwame Brown was given a deal by the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Doug Collins has surprised a lot of basketball minds with one of his comments. As if the fact that he got a contract isn’t surprising enough, that is.
After waving power forward Elton Brand with the amnesty clause, the 76ers were looking for a starting big man. Well, not anymore.
Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, and Spencer Hawes are all returning starters for the team. And Kwame Brown will be their fifth starter.
“Collins said he expects to start Brown and slide Spencer Hawes, last season’s starting center, over to power forward in a lineup that will also see Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Andre Iguodala back in the starting lineup.”
Yes, we are all thinking of the same Kwame Brown. The former number 1 overall pick who really hasn’t done anything notable over his 11 years in the league and appeared in a whopping 9 games last season for the Golden State Warriors.
This definitely seems like an odd combination at first, but it has the potential to do some good. Hawes is a skilled passer and shooter for someone of his size, so sliding over to power forward shouldn’t be an issue for him. And if Kwame Brown can play good post defense and rebound for 20-25 minutes a game, where’s the problem?
Doug Collins is not asking Kwame Brown to play like a number 1 overall pick. He just needs a big body who can be serviceable and beef up the starting lineup a little bit. This is reasonable, right?
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