January 10, 2011
Andre Brown - Brown landed his usual training camp contract this season, making it five years in a row that he has found one, and his sixth time in the last seven years. He rejoined the Nets, with whom he landed his first contract in 2004, but had absolutely no chance of making the roster and didn't even survive a week. Brown then went to Greece to play for Panellinios, but the team has had a truly terrible season, flumping out of the Eurocup early and getting off to a terrible 1-8 start in the A1. As a big name, big money import, Brown's performances (10.2ppg/5.0rpg in the A1, 4.7/2.3 in the Eurocup) were deemed insufficient, and he was cut last month as the team sought a more conventional centre. Brown is a solid but unspectacular athletic 6'10 face-up power forward; he'll score through athleticism and effort, and rebound reasonably, but he turns 30 in May and has not really added to his game. He has enough game to keep getting NBA looks, but not enough to stick in it.
August 21, 2010
- Andre Brown - NBA journeyman Brown played in China last year, and did his usual things. He's an athletic 6'9 power forward who uses that athleticism to score some points and grab some boards, but who has a wonky jumpshot/foul shot release, and who doesn't like to pass. Brown has played for the Grizzlies and the Sonics, and has had workouts with basically every NBA team there is. A final comeback is unlikely.
July 11, 2010
Brown is back for his seventh consecutive season on the cusp of the NBA. After hundreds and millions of summer league appearances, mini-camp tryouts and training camp contracts, the former DePaul forward has 75 NBA games played to his credit, and is looking for the big three figures. Brown is athletic and a good rebounder, but is not without his flaws; his defense is more energetic than effective, he never ever passes, and his jumpshot and free throw strokes are poor due to a bad cross-handed release that he has never corrected. Brown is 29 years old now and hasn't got any better; what he is is pretty good, but what he is is permanently juuuuuust on the outside.
June 7, 2010
Andre Brown - 1 game, 17 minutes, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists, 4 fouls, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1-4 FG
[...] While Rodgers replaced Johnson on the wing, NBA journeyman Brown was all set to replace Collins up front. Brown too had spent the majority of the year in China, averaging as-near-as-is 20 points and 12 rebounds a game. However, Ponce gave him only one game (in which he underperformed) before releasing him and replacing him with Nailon. As mentioned before, Nailon had averaged big statistics for Ponce in the previous season, and when Quebradillas let him go, they snapped him up. Nailon again poured in the big points, as was always Nailon's strength, but once again he did it in the classic Lee Nailon way; no three pointers, few free throws, just a lot of two pointers and little defense. Nailon can shoot and post, but his usage rates have never been great; he needs his touches, and while he contributes big numbers, he only contributes big numbers. Such is the Lee Nailon experience. Always has been. He has his uses, though.
March 7, 2010
- Andre Brown: 35.6mpg, 20.1ppg, 11.7rpg, 1.0apg, 3.2fpg, 1.8spg, 0.4bpg, 58% FG, 16% 3PT, 55% FT
The Cyclones are almost completely reliant on their two imports; their only other significant contributor is 19 year old 6'9 big man Ding Jinhui, who, in addition to being the two time UK Snooker Champion, also averages 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. No one else contributes much, save for some decent jumpshooting.
Yet there's nothing wrong with depending on those two, for they appear to be more than equal to it. Those numbers are huge. Williams, a man with NBA talent who should really be in it right now, is putting up huge numbers across the board; his points per game are 11th in the league, his assists 13th, his rebounds extremely high for a wing player, his three point shooting dialled in. Brown too is a nightly double double candidate, with 16 of them in 26 games, and with a 24 rebound game to his name. Zhejiang might only be in 8th place, but without these two, they'd be last. Very last.