The seventh year vet from the New York Knicks has been acquired by your Oklahoma City Thunder. Brewer, a league traveler, has spent time with the Jazz, Bulls, Grizzlies, Knicks and now is with the Thunder. Brewer was traded for a 2014 second round pick. A very low risk, high reward situation for Oklahoma City, a Sam Presti staple.
Brewer, a life long league traveler has developed a knack for defense and not so much on the offense. He reminds you a lot of Thabo Sefolosha in the fact that his defense is very solid, and his offense at times is very limited. He’ll be a defensive upgrade over Kevin Martin, especially in crunch time when Martin is continuously getting burned.
Brewer also allows Oklahoma City some cap relief. He only makes $1,069,509 this season, and his contract is expiring. With the Eric Maynor move, the Thunder saved almost $1.5 million on the salary cap. Something that has been a thorn in the sides of the Thunder since giving Serge Ibaka his, rightfully earned, extension.
Brewer, a 7-year veteran from the University of Arkansas was drafted 14th in 2006 by the Utah Jazz. Where he spent four years as a staple in the Jazz rotation. He was eventually traded in the 2009-2010 season to the Grizzlies, where he only saw action in five games due to a hamstring injury and the Grizzlies falling out of the playoff race.
The following season, Brewer signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls. He succeeded in Tom Thibodeau’s defensive system. He started 43 games of the 66 last season for the Bulls. He was one of the league’s leaders in defensive efficiency, while lacking on he offensive end. That primarily led to the reason why the Bulls didn’t pick up the option for his contract heading into this season.
In New York, Brewer started 34 games this season, averaged about 15 minutes per game, and only 3.6 point per game. He did miss six weeks before the season started back in September due to a knee surgery.
So, in short, this was a very solid pick up for Oklahoma City. I don’t exactly know how it’s supposed to help the bench scoring. I do know that it will effectively kick Deandre Liggins out of the rotation. He fought the good fight, but this is a sad reality. Liggins was turning into a fan favorite.
This will also allow Oklahoma City to go small, and play with Brewer a bit at the three spot, while KD goes to the low post. That’s going to be very interesting to see. Something to note, Brewer has a career foul rate of just over one per game. That could come in handy when trying to defend some of the league’s better players, especially when the Thunder go small.
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