He's still thin, but improved Corey Brewer a worthwhile add for Wolves
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves formally introduced Corey Brewer to fans and media members Wednesday at Target Center. An obvious first impression is that Brewer is still skinny.
But Brewer's game has evolved, and the current incarnation will prove to be a valuable addition to the Wolves.
On a team that has downgraded defensively this offseason, Brewer can be a stopper, whether he comes off the bench or starts. His long arms and athleticism could help compensate for defensive deficiencies of, for example, Kevin Martin. (Martin and Brewer are working out together in Clearwater, Fla., with the same trainer.)
Brewer was not a good offensive player in his first turn in Minnesota. He was a poor shooter and a chucker. He says now that he's learned his limitations.
"I'm a lot better [now]," Brewer said. "I'm a lot more consistent. I know what I can do and what I can't do. So I know how to get my shots and I feel like I've been making it work the last couple of years."
And the numbers confirm that he's at least worthwhile on offense, while being a very good contributor on defense.
On shots at the rim last season, the Wolves shot a very poor 61.5 percent. That mark was 26th in the league. Brewer shot 65.1 percent at the rim a season ago, a bit higher than the league-wide average of 64.6 percent on such shots.
The Wolves were also an awful three-point shooting team. The team - which missed Kevin Love and Chase Budinger for a bulk of the season - buried about 5 1/2 three-pointers last season, 28th in the league.
They were also dead last in effective field goal percentage at 45.8 percent. That statistic gives extra weight to three-pointers more when factoring the percentage, to credit teams and players who shoot threes well. Brewer may or may not help in that regard. His overall effective field goal percentage was 44.9 percent. He shot less than 30 percent on all threes and his but Brewer shot 35 percent from on corner three-pointers.
"I worked really hard. All summer and still this summer I've been shooting," Brewer said. "If I knock the corner three down, I feel like it helps the team, you can't leave me in the corner."
Brewer and others will be expected to hit open threes, which Brewer is capable of doing from the corners. With Ricky Rubio moving the ball, Nikola Pekovic drawing defenders to the rim, and Love, Martin and Budinger stretching the floor, open looks should be aplenty.
If Brewer can hit those shots, finish at the rim and play above-average individual and team defense, he's a valuable piece and a good fit for the Wolves.