After failing to acquire wing defender Nicolas Batum from Free Agency to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Timberwolves are trying to put together two players who can, in a way, defensively produce the same amount Batum would have given.
Yesterday, the Timberwolves acquired shot-blocker Greg Stiemsma from the Boston Celtics and now have a solid defender for the paint. Now the Timberwolves are on the hunt for a perimeter defender who can guard players like Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade.
The Timberwolves are now looking to snatch guard/forward Ronnie Brewer from the Chicago Bulls.
Pretty much like Stiemsma, Brewer is not a threat on the offensive end. His jumpshot is pretty awkward and his driving ability isn’t nearly as good as Batum’s.
Nonetheless, last season, Brewer averaged 6.9 points 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. On the defensive end Brewer averaged a solid 1.1 steals per game. Brewer last season shot 43% from the field, which was -7 from his career field goal percentage.
Defense is what makes Brewer special for the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves as of now don’t have any well-known defender on the perimeter. Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, J.J Barea, Brandon Roy, and Wes Johnson are not known for perimeter defense unlike Ronnie Brewer.
After playing under the coaching wings of defensive minded Tom Thibodeau and one of the best defensive teams in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Brewer will bring some defensive tactics to a team not known for defense.
Brewer most of all is a pesky defender and will not be shy to get into your face on the defensive end. He can slide very well on the pick and roll and is best known for his one-on-one defense as he has a solid upper body strength which allows him not to be over powered by other guards/forwards around his height. Moreover, Brewer is athletic and can easily catch up with quick guards in the NBA much like Dwyane Wade whenever the Bulls would face the Miami Heat.
The Timberwolves this off-season in my opinion have made some smart additions and smart subtractions as well. The pursuit of Ronnie Brewer now shows how much the Timberwolves front office is trying to make the team reach the NBA Playoffs next season.
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