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6/2011 Player Profile: Ronnie Brewer

June 15th 2011 15:01
Ronnie Brewer was a key cog for the Chicago Bulls last season, and he was one of the reasons why the Bulls were the best defensive team in the league. However, Brewer is a poor offensive player which is why he will never become a starter in the league. He's still a decent player overall due to his defense, but Brewer just can't shoot or do much else besides defend.

Brewer racks up steals thanks to his long arms, and he has improved his on the ball defense. His quick reflexes and free safety-like feel on defense also help him generate steals. Brewer is tied for the 4th highest steal percentage in the NBA and averages 2.1 steals per 36 minutes.

On the offensive side, Brewer is coming off of his worst shooting season of his career. His True Shooting Percentage has declined every year since 2008. 2007 was the best year of his career in which he had a TS% of 61.2 with an 18.30 PER. On the bright side, he posted by far the highest rebounding rate of his career in 2010. Still, that doesn't offset his declining shooting and poor offensive output. Even though they say that defense wins championships, offense is the most important thing in basketball. Why else is Carmelo Anthony so much better than Corey Brewer?

If there was one relatively major concern about Brewer's D, it was the fact that he just wasn't such a good on-the-ball defender. He significantly improved in that department last season by putting up far and away the best defensive rating of his career (98.4). His total from the previous season was a mediocre 106, so this is a huge improvement. His defensive rating last year was good for 6th best in the NBA, and he earned a spot on my All-Defensive First Team thanks to his great on-the-ball defense and his ability to steal the basketball.

Brewer was horrible at jumpshots last season, and it's easy to see why he is known as a bad shooter when his effective field goal percentage on jumpers was a meager .346. Did you also know that his free throw percentage was 65.4? That's really, really bad especially for a swingman. He averaged only 2.7 free throw attempts per game, and that is also a career high. Brewer has always been good at limiting turnovers, but he posted his highest career turnover rate last year.

So you can easily tell that as Brewer gets better defensively, he gets worse on the offensive end. With that in mind, Brewer is going to end up being a key defensive stopper off the bench; but I doubt he'll be anything more than that. That's not to say that he isn't a pretty good player, it's just that he'll never be a starter when you look at how awful he is at shooting. Brewer does have a nice touch around the rim, but that's really it. By the way, he has a really weird and ugly shot. No wonder why he can't hit anything.

There is an interesting disparity between Brewer's play at the 2 and 3. When he's playing as a shooting guard, he is much better offensively. However, he is much better defensively when he plays at small forward according to the PER numbers on Brewer is slightly better as a small forward thanks to his incredible defense when he plays that position.
Great D, No Shot

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Comment by nbageek

June 16th 2011 01:10
I agree with you. He is a great defensive player, but not much of a shooter. He is in a perfect spot with Chicago and Coach T

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