The New York Knicks will be looking to fill the void left by the injured Iman Shumpert, and Ronnie Brewer would be just what the doctor ordered.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks are interested in signing Brewer to play the 2-guard for their squad.
Brewer is a defensive-minded player to his core, averaging 1.4 steals per game throughout his six-year career. In a starting lineup filled with offensive-minded players, Brewer's defensive prowess is the perfect complement to what the Knicks already have.
However, as a replacement for Shumpert, his role could be short lived as coach Mike Woodson believes that Shump is ahead of schedule, per the same report by Zwerling. With J.R. Smith returning for next season, the Knicks have plenty of shooting guards from their starting five to the bench.
On the surface, it looks like Brewer won't have a place on this team when Shump comes back, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
A defensive-minded coach like Woodson would probably say you can never have enough defense. Brewer's presence on this team even after Shump's return would give the Knicks more depth in that department.
Without Shumpert on the floor, New York lacks a strong perimeter defender. While Smith is dangerous on the offensive end, he isn't nearly as good defensively. In fact, it isn't even close.
That would all change with Brewer on the roster. Shump could get a breather when necessary and the Knicks won't have to worry about missing a beat defensively. Also, a combination of Shumpert and Brewer could put a halt to any team's best offensive duo.
If Shumpert should go down to injury again—something that's possible considering he spent multiple stints in the trainer's room last season—Brewer could once again step right in and replace him.
Brewer's size is also an advantage for the Knicks.
At 6'7'', Brewer has the size to defend anyone from a point guard to a small forward. He would give the Knicks versatility and solid defense against three different opposing positions on the floor. That would allow some of the Knicks' better offensive players to rest on the defensive end while Brewer takes the burden of guarding an opposing team's best scorer.
Brewer gives the Knicks another solid defender to help improve upon what was a much better defensive squad last season. With Shumpert, Brewer gives the Knicks more championship-caliber depth on the defensive end that will help them match up better with some of the NBA's elite.
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