Ronnie Brewer may be the steal of New York’s free agent class

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All the talk this Knicks off-season has been about the flashy names. The Jeremy Lin debacle. Jason Kidd and his egregious 3 year $9 mil contract. The Camby man! Marcus Camby returning to the squad. The return of Rashweed Rasheed Wallace to the NBA. But for all the glam, a meat and potatoes player may end up the toast of New York’s free agent class. Signed on a veteran minimum contract from the Chicago Bulls, Ronnie Brewer is an exceptional wing defender. Chicago rated out best in the league in defensive rating, allowing just 95.3 points per 100 possessions. Having recording a defensive rating of 95.0 in 24.8 minutes a game last season, Brewer had much to do with Chicago’s defensive prowess.

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Thanks to Stats cube, we can see how Brewer’s on court presence impacted Philadelphia’s offense in the Bulls-Sixers first round matchup.

With Brewer on the floor, 83 minutes over 5 games, Philadelphia’s offensive rating dropped from 99.9 to 88.4. The Sixers true shooting percentage fell from 49.8% down to 44.5%. Chicago’s offense did struggle a bit with Brewer on the floor, but that had more to do with the loss of Derrick Rose to injury than it had to do with Brewer.

Those numbers are consistent with many of Chicago’s lineup statistics. According to Basketball Value, Chicago’s most used lineup by minutes last season was Rose-Brewer-Deng-Boozer-Noah. In 286.83 minutes played this lineup had an offensive rating of 112.38 and a defensive rating of 96.37, an overall rating of +16.01. Again, Brewer was a part of a lineup that had an excellent defensive rating. Read more…

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