Gators in the NBA: Corey Brewer to sign with the Dallas Mavericks
Corey Brewer has finally found a new home.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the former Florida Gator will soon be a Dallas Maverick.
Brewer was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the New York Knicks in the three-team deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple.
Brewer's contract was bought out by the Knicks and his deal with Dallas is believed to be three years in length and worth about $8 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
The Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 NCAA Tournament averaged 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game during three-and-a-half seasons with Minnesota.
I talked to T'Wolves "fanalyst" (see what I did there?) Zeke Fuhrman, who gave me some insight into the two-time NCAA champion's early NBA career.
Here's what he told me:
"Offensively, Brewer was a train wreck. With his height (6'9"), he should be good at either at shooting or rebounding or both. But he was neither...he is still a great athlete.
"With his wingspan, he is a good defender, but if he can increase his shooting or rebounding, he would be a solid player. He's shown rare flashes of brilliance, but right now, he's one-dimensional."
From what Mr. Fuhrman says, Mr. Brewer hasn't exactly set the world on fire.
However, while his stats seem bad, it's not like they're much worse than what he posted during his days in Gainesville.
For starters, Brewer's lack of offense, while not acceptable for a former Top-10 pick in the NBA Draft, is understandable.
After all, Billy Donovan has never been known for coaching prolific scorers and Brewer's college career high in scoring is 13.2 points per game.
Maybe the Timberwolves were expecting too much out of Brewer offensively and as a result, picked him too high.
The one thing I have expected out of Brewer is for him to develop into a Bruce Bowen type of player.
Bowen averaged just 6.1 points per game during his NBA career, but he was always regarded as one of the best defensive players in the league.
At the top of his game during his career at Florida, Brewer was one of the best defenders in college basketball and his on-ball tenacity made him a nightmare one-on-one.
Given the right situation and the necessary effort, I believe Brewer could become a similar player to Bowen, but a little more of a scoring threat (around 12-14 points per game sounds reasonable for him down the road).
Maybe a change of scenery is all that he needs to turn things around and continue to develop.
Here's a clip of the "Drunken Dribbler" throwing down a slam dunk on Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.