Despite their flurry of off-season moves, the New York Knicks had yet to get their hands on a badly needed perimeter defender. They got one Tuesday, as they have signed ex-Chicago Bull, Ronnie Brewer, to a one year contract.
Brewer will make $1,069,509 this season, the veterans minimum for Brewer who has played six NBA seasons.
I like this move. It was imperative, especially with Iman Shumpert injured, that the Knicks go out and get a wing who can defend.
Brewer has the versatility and athleticism to guard both two′s and three′s out on the wing. I really like some of the lineups you could roll out with Brewer on the floor.
With Brewer on the court, the Knicks have the ability to play really big with Brewer at the 2, or they could play small with Brewer at the 3 and presumably Melo at the 4. Once Iman Shumpert returns, I think you could do a lot of interesting things schematically with Brewer. The Knicks could run both Brewer and Shumpert together, which would in theory give them an exceptionally strong perimeter defense. Read more here…