Mar 11, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dives for a loose ball in front of Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) and guard Corey Brewer (33) during the second quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
Up next on our list of player profiles for the 2015-2016 NBA season is Corey Brewer.
Before the midseason trade that brought the two-time NCAA champion to Houston, one of the biggest weaknesses the Rockets faced was the play from their bench. Especially a consistent backup for Rockets’ MVP James Harden. After taking a risk to sign forward Josh Smith, who was waived by the Detroit Pistons, general manager Daryl Morey made another bold midseason move. The Rockets then acquired Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While Brewer showed excitement to play for a contender, some question whether his style of play would fit in Houston. However, Brewer would quickly put the doubters to rest as he made an immediate impact for the Rockets. In his Clutch City debut, Brewer scored 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block in a 110-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Not only did Brewer became a major upgrade to the Rockets’ bench, but helped improve Houston on the defensive end with his perimeter defense. Now entering his second season in Houston, Brewer is looking forward to continue his role as a valuable player off the Rockets’ bench.