Kwame Hasani Brown is an American former professional basketball player. He was the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, and was the first number one draft pick to be selected straight out of high school.
Early Life & Career
Kwame Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina on March 10, 1982. For high school, he attended Glynn Academy in Georgia. While there, he set the school record for rebounds (1,235) and blocked shots (605). After being named the high school player of the year during his senior season, the Washington Wizards made him the first pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, and he was the first player to be selected #1 straight out of high school. Brown moved around quite a lot in his years in the league. He has been a member of the Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors and most recently the Philadelphia 76ers. His third year was his best, as he posted career highs in both points (10.9) and rebounds (7.4). For his career, Brown has averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. After being waived by the 76ers in November 2013, he became a free agent. Brown has also faced some legal trouble, including a 2007 arrest for interfering with an investigation, and was accused for throwing a cake at a man in Hermosa Beach that same year. In that case, though, the charges were dropped. During his career, Kwame Brown earned $64 million in salary before taxes and fees. Between endorsements and salary, after taxes he earned $35 million. Unfortunately, as it was revealed in a 2018 lawsuit, Kwame claims that his financial advisors at Merrill Lynch stole $17.4 million of his investments. Brown claims his signature was forged in various forms which allowed advisors to make investments and stock trades that he did not approve without his consent.
Kwame Brown is an American basketball player who has a net worth of $8 million.