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Keys To The Wolf Den: From Outside Looking in, Opinion on Brewer

ATLANTA - APRIL 02:  Corey Brewer #2 of the Florida Gators reacts to a play against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Georgia Dome on April 2, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 12, 2010

I expect to get hell from this, but I feel that this has to be mentioned.

As I am a Wolves writer, I work at the Atlanta Airport, and I have numerous discussions on the NBA as a whole as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves.

While there are some incredible opinions on a team that's already lost 31 games into the season, one player has incredibly varied opinions, and that's Corey Brewer.

I personally think that Corey Brewer still has plenty of upside, while other Wolves fans feel the same, some believe that he's a bust, and some believe he's nothing more than an energy guy off the bench.

While all that can be said about him, a few would argue that he's a star in the making.

Do I agree?

Not necessarily, it's a little premature, but I have to admit that throughout the course of the season, Corey's game has gotten much better.

When Corey first started the season, his dribbles were incredibly high, his movements were stagnant, and he looked like he was nervous in a lot of his games. His shot was atrocious, he couldn't finish at the basket, he wasn't able to catch alley-oops and he wasn't smiling like Wolves fans were accustomed to, not to mention that he's virtually a 2nd year player coming off a torn ACL injury.

Now Brewer looks very confident on the floor when his shots are falling, he's leaping out the gym again, he's shooting the ball from three, and he's driving and finishing.

Let's look at some statistics:

  • November numbers: 12 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2 SPG, 0.6 BPG shooting 38 percent from the field, and 18 percent from the three-point line. Dreadful.
  • December numbers: 12.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG, shooting 46 percent from the field, and 27 percent from the three-point line.

Not only did he increase his scoring, but his percentage went up from the field and from the three-point line.

Let's look at some good games by Brewer:

  • 27 points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block
  • 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal
  • 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals
  • 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block
  • 19 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist
  • 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals
  • 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks

Very good stat lines there, so just judging by the numbers, Corey Brewer has potential to develop into something great. What that great is? I don't know yet.

He still has some fundamentals to get together, such as dribbling lower to the ground, and he needs to put on some weight desperately. But as a second year player, averaging 12 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG and 1.5 SPG is pretty good.

You be the judge, but one thing is certain: He's certainly enjoyable to watch.

Thanks for reading!

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