Ronnie Brewer: The Most Underrated Bulls Signing of the Offseason?
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The Chicago Bulls had a very active off-season. Headlined by the signing of Carlos Boozer, the Bulls acquired six players this off-season, seven if you count Center Omer Asik, 24, coming over from Europe.
Lost in all the signings, was Ronnie Brewer, 25, who is a 6'7" shooting guard out of Arkansas.
Brewer played three and a half seasons with the Utah Jazz, with fellow Point Guard Deron Williams.
Brewer had a breakout season in the 2008-2009 season where he averaged 13.7 PPG and 3.7 RPG in 81 games played (80 started).
Brewer isn't a strong jump-shooter, but he's an exceptional athlete and has great hands on defense, as evident by his career mark of 1.50 steals per game. Brewer often guarded the best shooting guards in the tough Western Conference, such as Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy, and even Carmelo Anthony at times.
The Chicago Bulls have lacked size in their back court for years. During Derrick Rose's time as point guard for the Bulls, he has had Ben Gordon, at 6'2", and Kirk Hinrich, at 6'3".
Brewer will bring size at the Shooting Guard position they haven't had since Jamal Crawford was running in the backcourt with Kirk Hinrich in his rookie season(2003-2004 season).
Brewer, the early favorite for the starting Shooting Guard position, has a chip on his shoulder. Many casual fans see Brewer as a irrelevant signing. However, his versatility is what impressed Bulls GM Gar Forman.
“We’re very happy to add a player of Ronnie’s ability to our team. He brings great versatility on both ends of the floor and will be an excellent addition to our back-court,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.
Another attribute Ronnie Brewer possesses is his team-first attitude, something that contributed in the good relationship he had with Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams.
“The reason D-Will and I got along so well is I just want to be a part of the team and play my role,” said Brewer to Bulls.com. “I don’t have a huge ego. Every night, I’m going to go out there and play as hard as I possibly can. The one constant thing that I’m going to do is play defense. There are nights when you’re not going to make shots. But every night I was in Utah, I played hard and I played tough defense. He respected that.”
“You go through so much with your teammates—conditioning, blood, sweat and tears—that you build a bond between each other,” he said. “I think I’m a likable guy. I can get along with pretty much all of my teammates.”
In Chicago, Brewer will play with up-coming point guard Derrick Rose, whose game will surely improve in his third season at the age of 21.
Brewer will provide tough defense in the Eastern Conference that has plenty of the potent shooting guards, which will make him a favorite in Tom Thibodeau's rotation.
Rose and Brewer will be fun to watch this season in the Bulls back-court, but the way they will make each other better players will be interesting to watch.
Bulls fans be excited for Ronnie Brewer this season, because he will be a big part of what the Chicago Bulls accomplish this season.
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