Don’t listen to Rob Mahoney, Corey Brewer is alright
Rob Mahoney preemptively defended the Knicks’ decision to waive Corey Brewer, and despite the playful title of this post, I agree with him. Â Corey Brewer wasn’t a great fit for the Knicks. Mahoney:
Brewer may have played regular minutes for Minnesota, but heâ€™s still a very poor offensive player who cannot be relegated to the corner because of his lack of 3-point range. Thatâ€™s damaging enough on its own, but considering how important the corner 3 is to the Knicksâ€™ offense, Brewer seems to be a particularly poor fit for New Yorkâ€™s rotation.
Having said that, I agree with Henry Abbott’s general assessment of Brewer:
Basically, despite playing for a miserable Timberwolves team, [Brewer] has showed up very well in almost any stat that incorporates defense — plus/minus, adjusted plus/minus, opponents’ productivity, etc. Some of that is probably an artifact of the reality that it’s easy to be efficient when you aspire to do little on offense. Brewer doesn’t take a lot of bad shots, he can feed the post, and he’s incredibly high energy so he cleans up on turnovers and with easy buckets.
Corey Brewer actually improved his shot last season. He shot at least .300 from around the arc, splitting up his accuracy HotSpots style,Â which was remarkable because you couldn’t pay him to attempt a three during the 08-09 season. He knows his place. His shooting has kind of fallen back this year, and it’s difficult to say whether his three point shot is redeemable (Chip Engelland, look for your Bat Call) or if last season’s improvement was a fluke. But, going with Mahoney, Brewer is not someone whom smart coaches can hide in the corner. Maybe someday. Not today.
But it’s also the case that the Spurs are not the Knicks, despite all the corner three love between them.
Corey Brewer would immediately make the Spurs a better basketball team. Â Immediately.
Describing Brewer in terms of Bruce Bowen is more than a little overblown. He’s not that kind of defender. But Brewer is a better perimeter defender than anyone on San Antonio’s roster. The Spurs are solid enough offensively that using Brewer as a cooler, in limited minutes, shouldn’t disrupt their mojo.
Brewer is 24, long, tough, high energy, and would fill San Antonio’s most glaring roster deficiencyâ€”the minutes available behind Richard Jefferson. Or, as some would put it, Richard Jefferson.
And, again, he’s 24. Brewer is not a finished product. He’s improving.
If Corey Brewer joins the Spurs, his spot in their playoff rotation is all but certain. It makes too much sense not to happen.
Remember when the Spurs traded for Nazr Mohammed? At the time, the trade was completely lost in the deadline shuffle. Sacramento had moved Chris Webber to Philadelphia on the same night. But that trade very quietly help push the Spurs to a championship (thanks, Isiah, you’re the best). Despite San Antonio’s record, the chase for this year’s title is essentially a 6 team race. Adding Brewer to the postseason rotation is the sort of personnel move that could give the SpursÂ separation.