In an era where player movement and “super teams” dominate basketball, Ronnie Brewer reminds us of the power of practice.
After the Miami Heat were able to slow down Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference Finals, the talk of the town in Chicago was about finding a shooting guard to take some offensive pressure off of the MVP.
In this day and age in the NBA, the mindset seems to be that if you can’t get it done with what you have, you need to find somebody else to help. And that’s what the Bulls thought when they signed Richard Hamilton in the offseason.
Little did they know, they didn’t need him.
Ronnie Brewer came out of the gate in the first five games this season with the message that he can be a superstar shooting guard.
He was already known for his athleticism, defense and abilities at the rim, but his jump shot was his real downfall last season. He played defensive minutes, and watched from the bench as Kyle Korver filled his role when scoring was necessary.
Sometime between then and now, Brewer developed a jump shot.
Through five games, he has shot 63% from the field with many more of those shots from outside this year compared to previous years. He has also knocked down all four of his three-point attempts.
And no, NBA fans, Brewer did not sign or trade for these new skills, he worked for them.
The fact that Brewer only averaged 9.2 points per game in the first five games is exactly what the Bulls wanted.
Brewer doesn’t demand any offensive action, but when relied upon, he has become dependable.
With his new shot, Brewer is now a complete player, and it is hard to pin-point a weakness in his game. Richard Hamilton is playing well, and is doing what he was signed to do, but with the strides Brewer has made, Hamilton should play a backup role.
Brewer’s improvement this year is very reminiscent of Derrick Rose the year before.
As these two have proven, sometimes superstars are made, not acquired.