With the Los Angeles Lakers shifting toward a youth movement, veteran swingman Corey Brewer didn’t have much of a role. By granting him his release, Brewer was able to make another playoff run with the squad of his choosing.
Brewer ultimately picked the Oklahoma City Thunder, a move that has seemingly benefited all of the involved parties.
The Thunder previously lost defensive small forward Andre Roberson to a ruptured left patellar tendon, leaving a hole in the team’s lineup. While several of head coach Billy Donovan’s younger options worked at times, Oklahoma City missed that steadying veteran presence.
Insert Brewer, who has gone from a bystander with the Lakers to an integral part with the Thunder. Donovan has inserted the new forward into his starting lineup, and the Thunder have seen tangible results. Brewer has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games, and the team is 3-0 since he became a starter.
“He’s getting his hands on basketballs,” teammate Russell Westbrook told reporters following a win over the Sacramento Kings. “Obviously, being savvy and knowing the game is a huge part. He’s doing a great job.”
In the Thunder’s most recent win, Brewer scored 16 points on eight field-goal attempts, while also adding six rebounds, two steals, and a block. He won’t search out shots, which allows Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony to still receive the bulk of the looks.
Brewer will, however, knock down shots when he’s open. Having a reliable shooter who can also defend should help the Thunder in their quest for the playoffs. Oklahoma City is one of six teams vying for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.
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