Warriors Expected to Sign Earl Barron to Replace Injured Kwame Brown: Fan’s Take

In the same day the Golden State Warriors waived backup point guard Ishmael Smith (as I discussed here), the team appears to have found their replacement for center Kwame Brown, who will most likely miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoralis major. According to NBA reporter for HOOPSWORLD Alex Kennedy, the Warriors are expected to fill Smith's roster spot by signing center Earl Barron to a partially guaranteed contract.

With names like Kyrylo Fesenko, Joel Przybilla, and Theo Ratliff floating around as potential targets for the Warriors, the team has decided to go with the 30-year-old center from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Playing for five teams in his NBA career, Barron has appeared in 110 career games and averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game in 15 minutes.

At 7-feet tall and 250 pounds, Barron instantly becomes the biggest healthy player on the Warriors roster. After Brown went down with his injury, the team desperately needed to acquire someone with size. As seen on Thursday night against the Orlando Magic, the Warriors simply could not contain Dwight Howard and were forced to give up a NBA record 39 free throw attempts.

With the Warriors now on a four-game road trip that will have them visit the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New Jersey Nets, Barron's presence will be important from the start. While the Warriors are fortunate to face four Eastern Conference teams during their second road trip of the year that did not make the playoffs last season, each of these teams feature centers that matchup comparatively to Barron's size. During the road trip, the Warriors will face Byron Mullens (7-0, 275 pounds) and DeSagana Diop (7-0, 280) of the Bobcats, Greg Monroe (6-11, 253) of the Pistons, Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) of the Cavaliers, and Mehmet Okur (6-11, 260) and Johan Petro (7-0, 247) of the Nets.

Now that the Warriors have found their replacement for Brown, what can the Warriors expect from their new big man? Despite being a seven-footer, Barron has been known to be a mobile rebounder who can make his free throws (72.8 career free throw percentage) but is not a huge blocking threat. While the team is not expecting Barron to contribute as an offensive threat, if he is able to give the Warriors similar production to Brown, the team will be satisfied with their replacement and look to move forward without any more injuries this season.

Sources:

Warriors C Kwame Brown to undergo surgery, AP

@AlexKennedyNBA, Twitter

Earl Barron Career Stats, Yahoo! Sports

Howard breaks FT attempts mark, Magic top Warriors, AP

Charlotte Bobcats Roster, Yahoo! Sports

Detroit Pistons Roster, Yahoo! Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Roster, Yahoo! Sports

New Jersey Nets Roster, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, a lifelong basketball fan and Golden State Warriors supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.

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Updated Friday, Jan 13, 2012