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For the second season in a row, Ronnie Brewer looked like a lock for the starting 2-guard position. However, for the second season in a row, Brewer has found himself coming off the bench.
Despite this setback, Brewer has continued to provide the Chicago Bulls with great defensive effort off the bench and has looked even more confident offensively.
Brewer has averaged 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks per game in 25 minutes per game. Brewer has played in all 64 games to date and started 42 of them in place of the injured Rip Hamilton.
Though he was replaced in the starting lineup by Rip, Brewer has had plenty of opportunities to start while Rip has dealt with injuries. Although not a great offensive player, the Bulls have still done well with Brewer taking the bulk of shooting-guard minutes with a 31-11 record while starting this season.
Brewer's best game of the season was against the Indiana Pacers on January 25, when he scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting and recorded 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
While he is not a great offensive player, Brewer has looked more confident this season. But, he is still not the piece Chicago needs to ease the pressure on Rose. Brewer is only averaging 6.9 points in 25.0 minutes, and while shooting a respectable 42.7 percent, Brewer's three-point percentage is a dismal 27.5 percent.
Brewer's main value lies in his defense, and he may prove to be invaluable as the Bulls progress into the playoffs. That being said, for Brewer to be the answer for the Bulls and secure the shooting-guard position, he will need to improve his scoring and his three-point percentage to bring some offensive relief to Derrick Rose.
Some are predicting that Brewer will be cut in the offseason to make room on the salary to ink Taj Gibson to a long-term deal and Chicago's defensive-minded rookie Jimmy Butler could take over many of Brewer's responsibilities.