The newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Ronnie Brewer, will not be making his debut with his new team until Wednesday.
The Thunder play the Chicago Bulls at home tonight but Brewer hasn’t had a chance to practice with the team yet so he won’t be suiting up just yet.
The Thunder acquired Brewer at the trade deadline last week from the New York Knicks in exchange for their own 2014 second-round pick.
Brewer played in 46 games for the Knicks this season and started 34 of those. He was averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks isn’t worried about there being a learning curve for Brewer to fit in right away.
“He’s a blend-in type of guy,” Brooks said. “He’s not a guy who’s going to demand the ball. He’s not a guy that has a strong personality. He’s an easy going guy that loves to compete. From what I gather, he’s always been one of the guys that you can count on being a great teammate, the guy that’s always committed to doing the team thing and the right thing. … But if the guy wasn’t like that, he wouldn’t be here.”
The move to acquire Brewer felt like one in response to the Thunder’s second loss of the year to LeBron James and the Miami Heat right before the All-Star Break.
The Thunder simply need another guy to help defend LeBron because Kevin Durant and Thabo Sefolosha were having too tough of a time doing so. Brewer has experience checking the King and should definitely help out in that arena.
The Thunder will host the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night when Brewer is expected to be activated. He should take a few minutes from Sefolosha in the rotation and definitely all of Liggins’ playing time. The Thunder may even go small more often with Brewer playing instead of Hasheem Thabeet on some occasions.