Even with a 44-16 record, you knew that Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks wouldn’t be satisfied to just let the season play out, rather than making moves to upgrade an already highly-talented Mavericks team.
According to ESPN.com, Corey Brewer cleared waivers on Thursday and signed with the Mavericks shortly thereafter. Brewer is a fourth-year NBA veteran out of Florida who has averaged 9.1 points per game over the course of his career, but it’s not Brewer’s scoring prowess which truly interests Dallas.
Dallas feels that Brewer’s length at 6'9" and 188 pounds will prove to be invaluable during the playoffs. The thinking is that Brewer will be the perfect defender to match up with the high-powered scoring guards who Dallas will surely play against in the playoffs.
This is a smart move on the Mavericks' part because Brewer addresses what could have become a glaring need, and also because he is only 25 years old.
Brewer has always had tremendous talent and upside, but unfortunately, he has been mired in obscurity because he has played on the dreadful Minnesota Timberwolves throughout the first three-plus years of his career. Now Brewer has the chance to play meaningful playoff basketball and be a contributor for a Dallas Mavericks team that is trying to buck a recent history of early playoff exits.
As I said earlier, the 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds aren’t overly impressive statistics, but at age 25, there is still time for Brewer to develop into an upper-echelon NBA talent. Besides, defense becomes a top priority in the playoffs anyway, and to have a defender of Brewer’s length and skill that can match up with some of the top scorers in the Western Conference is a piece that Dallas desperately needed to acquire.
Dirk is more than capable of taking on the scoring load, as is budding star Rodrigue Beaubois, but Brewer now becomes a situational player who also adds more depth to the lineup.
It would be foolish to say that the Mavericks are done searching for talent to plug in because they traditionally have been so active in the free agent market. With that being said, I think that the addition of Brewer upgrades the Mavericks to their highest potential for this season.
The full effect of this acquisition won’t be felt now in early March, but instead it will be in late April or early May, where the genius of this pickup may truly surface. The crux of Brewer’s arrival will depend on how effective the former Florida Gator is in slowing down players such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.