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OKC Thunder 2012-2013 Final Player Grades and Season Profile: Ronnie Brewer

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WTLC begins its final assessment of the Thunder roster from the 2012-13 season. First up: Ronnie Brewer.


Name: Ronnie Brewer

Nickname: "Master Brewer," "Corey"

Player History:

Brewer is the son of 1970's basketball player Ron Brewer, who played at the University of Arkansas and spent 8 years in the NBA. Ronnie followed in his father's footsteps, playing at Arkansas from 2003 to 2006 where he averaged 18.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.3 AST, and 2.6 ST.

Brewer was taken with the 14th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. While not playing much in his rookie campaign, Brewer was moved to the starting shooting guard spot by year two and averaged double figures. In 2010, Brewer was traded to Memphis but saw little playing time. It was not until he signed with the Bulls that Brewer's main contributions manifested. Under coach Tom Thibodeau, Brewer turned into a fierce defensive player coming off the bench.

Unfortunately, Brewer's option was not picked up by the Bulls and he later signed with the New York Knicks. Brewer endured arthroscopic surgery during that stay and rarely saw the court. On February 21, 2013, the Thunder acquired Brewer for a 2nd round 2014 draft pick.

Brewer attributes his unorthodox shooting mechanics to a water slide accident when he was young. Ouch.

Pre-Season Expectations:

The Thunder acquired Brewer at the trade deadline, so we did not have any pre-season expectations of the defensive specialist. However, once he WAS acquired I think there was a strong sense that fans were happy with the move if not bursting with joy, simply because of what Brewer represented. He was a defensive oriented specialist who could guard the 2 and 3 spot with the best of them, and the Thunder had LeBron James set in their sites. Perhaps he would not be an overhaul of the bench or help out with the lost production from James Harden, but he was a piece of the puzzle that made sense. We like things that make sense.

Regular Season Grade: D

Brewer played in 14 regular season games, averaging about 10 minutes per outing. He averaged 0.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 AST, and 0.6 ST.

Any tepid excitement toward Brewer quickly waned when we realized that he was not going to be part of the Thunder's playoff solution. Despite being exactly what was advertised - a tough defender, solid rebounder from the guard position, and completely unable to hit an open shot, Brooks failed to make use of his abilities. Brewer did not see any meaningful minutes until the season was all but over, and this was a harbinger of things to come.

Post-Season Grade: N/A

Despite the Thunder suddenly finding themselves shorthanded at the guard position after Russell Westbrook went down, Brooks continued to leave Brewer on the bench. Even as the Thunder's season came to a premature end, never did Brooks turn to Brewer to see if he could provide any sort of spark on either end of the court as OKC went down to Memphis in 5 games.

Most Memorable Game/Moment:

This opening handshake between Brewer and Derek Fisher might be it.

Future Expectations:

Brewer is an unrestricted free agent, and made just over $1 million last season. The Thunder always are in a difficult situation when it comes to roster spots because they are already so loaded and value the salary cap space more than anything else. It is extremely difficult to see the Thunder bringing back Brewer, especially since he was such a non-entity on the roster last season.

In discussion with Zorgon about what we are to think of Brewer, said, "I think Brewer's Thunder career can be summed up in one word: WHY."

Yep, that's about right.

Player Grades:
A: Far exceeded expectations
B: Exceeded expectations
C: Met expectations
D: Did not meet expectations
F: Fell far short of expectations