The return of Corey Brewer, signed over a month ago and formally announced Wednesday, has had a consistent narrative: He has learned to play to his strengths, the strongest of which happens to fill a role the Wolves desperately need. National news outlets, like everyone else, are starved or gone dormant in these dog days of the post-free agency spending frenzy NBA offseason have happily picked up on the plot and are pushing the positives, as well.
Witness USA Today picking up the AP…
Once he landed with the Denver Nuggets and coach George Karl’s free-flowing, up-tempo system, Brewer started to figure some things out.
His shooting percentages overall didn’t climb all that dramatically, but Brewer became a big-time threat in transition and, with some coaxing from Karl, started to find places on the floor where an erratic jumper started to flourish. He shot a very respectable 38 percent on corner 3-pointers and found the discipline to keep shooting from those spots rather than force things from areas on the floor where he was less effective.
“I’m a lot better. I’m a lot more consistent,” he said. “I know what I can do and I can’t do. I know how to get my shots. And I feel like I’ve been making it work the last couple years.”
Whether he starts or comes off the bench in Minnesota, Brewer will very likely find himself on the floor late in games to take on the opponent’s best offensive player on the perimeter. That means he will likely be playing alongside Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, three players who figure to get the vast majority of shots when they’re on the floor.
At 27 years old, Brewer is just fine with that. He doesn’t have to be a go-to scorer. And even though he is no longer playing for Karl, he will still be heeding his former coach’s teachings — do what you do well and don’t force anything else.
“It took me a while, but it was easy once I got to Denver and coach Karl put me in the system,” he said. “I knew I was going to get my shots and so that’s what I’ve worked on.”