On Wednesday afternoon, the Knicks officially added a player that will put a smile on the face of head coach Mike Woodson. Ronnie Brewer has landed in New York and his defensive minded head man will appreciate the mindset of his new shooting guard.
Throughout his six-year career, Brewer gained respect around the league for his tenacious approach to the defensive side of the floor. He finished the 2011-12 season in 10th place for steals among shooting guards and he also snatched 3.5 boards per game in Chicago. With solid size on the perimeter and athleticism, Brewer will help fill the void on the wing as Iman Shumpert continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee. Additionally, he owns solid playoff experience with 17 postseason games in Chicago and Utah over the last six years .
An underrated aspect to Brewer’s game is his ability to execute in the open floor. At 26 years old, the former Razorback can quickly turn defense into easy offense, which directly fits into the game plan for the Knicks this upcoming season. Brewer finds open space away from the rock, where he applies the lessons learned while playing under Jerry Sloan to score buckets without dominating the ball.
New York’s backcourt seems just about complete behind the acquisitions of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni. Brewer will help alleviate the pressure on J.R. Smith at the two-guard spot since the departure of Landry Fields. There is also the possibility of placing Kidd at the shooting guard position next to Felton. There are several different combinations at Woodson’s disposal, especially when Shumpert returns to the floor completely healthy.
Regardless of the lineup combinations, Brewer instantly injects a defensive mentality on a team that already features the Defensive Player of the Year inside the paint. The new-look Knicks are beginning to take form and Brewer’s defensive skill-set is an important piece of the puzzle heading into the 2012-13 campaign.
NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 – New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced the team has signed free agent guard Ronnie Brewer to a contract.
Brewer, 6-7, 227-pounds, holds career averages of 9.0 points, on 50.1-percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.37 steals over 25.2 minutes in 418 games (267 starts) over six seasons with Utah, Memphis and Chicago. He appeared in 66 games (43 starts) for Chicago in 2011-12, averaging 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.09 steals over 24.8 minutes. The Fayetteville, AR-native was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Arkansas.