Knicks sign Ronnie Brewer
Brewer most recently played with the Bulls, averaging 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 24.8 minutes as both a starter and a bench player last season.
This is a bigger pickup for the Knicks than it may seem on the surface. With Iman Shumpert (ACL surgery) likely out until January, the Knicks seriously lack perimeter defense. Brewer is a 6'7'' athletic specimen who plays exceptional defense on perimeter scorers. He'll be asked to slow down guys like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James (because everything in the East comes down to "Can you beat the Heat?") and will likely do so with some relative success.
Brewer is great in transition, with both the ability to finish and push the tempo while handling the ball.
He won't contribute much in the half-court offense, and his inability to stretch the floor (career 24.4% from three) could prove to be an issue, but his defense and ability in transition should allow him to maintain quality minutes.
Brewer will likely start for the Knicks, allowing JR Smith to come off the bench in the sixth man role that he's grown accustomed to. That will also allow Smith and Carmelo Anthony, two guys who love to get their shots, to spend less time on the court together.
The last time Brewer played a full season getting starter's minutes (2008-09), he averaged 13.7 points on 50.8% shooting. Though that was four seasons ago, there is some hope that Brewer won't be completely inept on the offensive end.
Brewer is nothing more than a role player, but he is a good role player. To be a contender, you need to surround your stars with players who can contribute in other areas. Brewer will provide stellar perimeter defense and help in the transition game. Also, he's only 27, so it may give some relief to those of you frustrated with the age of the Knicks' acquisitions. For a team that had big question marks at the shooting guard position, Ronnie Brewer is an excellent addition.