Houston Rockets 2015-16 Player Profile: Corey Brewer – Bench Master

By Coty Davis
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Oct 13, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) puts up the basketball in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Areas to improve:

3-point shooting: 

When Brewer heats up for the Rockets this season, most of his points will come from the inside. Brewer has never been a great shooter from behind the arc.  In his nine-year NBA career, Brewer has only shot above 40 percent one-time. (2009 Brewer shot 41 percent from behind the arc.)

While he did make some memorable 3-point baskets last season, Brewer only shot 28 percent from downtown. The second lowest of his career. It is no surprise that 3-pointers are a big factor in the Rockets offense. However, if Brewer wants to contribute offensively, he needs to become a better shooter from the 3, or keep his shooting inside the arc.

Play Making: 

Since his playing days at Florida, it seems as if Brewer never gained the ability to create for his teammates. Brewer is a terrible passer. Last season for the Rockets Brewer averaged 1.7 assists, the same total as his career.

The Rockets brought Brewer in for a lot of reasons, but play making is not one of them. If Brewer wants to make his case as one of the top bench players in the league, he must become a better ball distributor for his second unit.

Given he’s likely to get time spent running the wings with sniper Marcus Thornton, one of Terrence Jones or Donatas Motiejunas, Clint Capela and the speedster K.J. McDaniels if he can even slightly improve his passing he could register career highs in this area.

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