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The Houston Rockets are stockpiling players in an unprecedented fashion. According to ESPN:
The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with free-agent guard Ronnie Brewer, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets struck an agreement Monday on a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the defensive specialist, who played for the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
With the Rockets currently at 18 players on the roster you may wonder why Brewer would be added. The main reason Brewer was added was his one-on-one defense abilities. He has a career 1.3 steals per game in only 23.8 minutes per game. The Rockets do not, and will not need Brewer to score, his only task will be to defend off the bench, and maybe hit open three pointers. He has an underrated Basketball IQ, and the Rockets are a perfect team to help showcase it.
He started 34 games for New York before being shipped to Oklahoma City, where he was used sparingly. Prior to last season, he spent a couple of years with the Bulls where he dunked on Josh McRoberts and rooted for Big Macs
His most productive years in the NBA came early on, when he was a regular in the starting lineup for the Utah Jazz. In 2008-09, he averaged 13.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, both of which stand as career-bests.