Should the Nuggets Re-Sign Corey Brewer?
The 6'9" reserve out of Florida is in his sixth season in the NBA and has become a significant piece off the Nuggets' bench.
While Brewer has put together a great season up to this point, it's unclear if the Nuggets will let him walk or decide to bring him back.
With no decision set in stone just yet, let's take a look at Brewer's pros and cons—and if the Nuggets should re-sign him.
Brewer's energy has become contagious with this Nuggets squad.
Since joining the Nuggets back in 2011, Brewer has consistently brought his energy on a game-by-game basis.
In 23.8 minutes per game this season, he has used his energy as an advantage in transition and other offensive sets, averaging a respectable 11.5 points per game.
On top of this great offensive punch, Brewer has also been able to provide his team with the same level of intensity on defense. Throughout the season Brewer has hounded the opposition, forcing them to commit turnovers and take bad shots.
Brewer provides a great spark off the bench in both facets of the game, and this trait will no doubt weigh heavily on the Nuggets' decision.
Brewer has become a liability in recent months from behind the three-point line.
Although Brewer has shown the ability to score the basketball, he has had some trouble doing it in a consistent manner.
In 64 games this season, the 27-year-old forward has shot a horrendous 29 percent from behind the three-point line, ranking him fourth worst in the NBA.
On top of this alarming stat, Brewer ranks second on his team in three-point attempts, averaging 3.8 per game. He is currently 1-10 from behind the arc in March and on pace to shoot worse than his 17 percent from downtown in February.
Brewer proved he can hit the three-ball at a decent percentage earlier this season, shooting 38 percent in November and 35 percent in December. He needs to find consistency with his outside stroke soon or he could be in search for a new team this summer.
Brewer has been a great perimeter defender this entire season.
As mentioned before, Brewer has been able to effectively impact games with his play on the defensive end.
According to MySynergySports.com, Brewer has played phenomenal defense this entire season, forcing his offensive counterparts to shoot a mediocre 35.5 percent from the field.
Along with this great statistic, he has also been able to jump passing lanes and pest ball-handlers, as he currently averages 1.3 steals per game. In close to 10 minutes less per game, Brewer has been able to keep pace with the team leaders in steals, Andre Iguodala (1.73 SPG) and Ty Lawson (1.56 SPG).
Besides Iguodala, Brewer has arguably been the team's most consistent perimeter defender this entire season. The Nuggets will have to make a tough decision on whether defense or consistent outside shooting is more important to the team.
Brewer plays at a high level every possession, but sometimes it does hurt the team.
If there is one side effect to the energy Brewer provides, it's that he often plays out of control.
Known as one of the team's better transition threats, at times he can be too aggressive or intent on getting his shot up.
While this erratic play doesn't transcend into a high turnover rate, as he averages just 1.1 per game, it does lead to his reliance on taking outside shots and/or forcing the issue.
Brewer has proven that he can finish in transition, but he has to learn to let the game come to him. If he can find a pace that he can stay under control in for the whole time he is on the court, his game would continue to flourish and the Nuggets would greatly benefit.
Should the Nuggets stick with Brewer or go after Korver?
Although Brewer does ultimately have the final say to where he chooses to sign this offseason, the Nuggets will be a factor if they choose to be.
The question is: Will they?
According to a recent report by The Denver Post, the Nuggets may be trying to acquire Kyle Korver this offseason to fix their outside shooting woes. Though this would be an ideal pick up for the Nuggets, it could potentially mean that Brewer won't be coming back.
While Korver would no doubt give the Nuggets that reliable outside threat, Denver would be losing a more well-rounded player in Brewer.
The Nuggets decision on re-signing Brewer could essentially come down to whether they choose to go after Korver or not. With Korver's salary this season being worth nearly $2 million more than Brewer's—and expected to rise this summer—the Nuggets may be wise to just stick with Brewer.