It was supposed to be one of the sneaky-good moves at the trade deadline nearly a month ago. The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks while only letting go of a second-round pick.
It looked like the perfect acquisition for a Thunder team that was a little thin at the wing position. The Thunder had already seen DeAndre Liggins thrive in limited minutes this season and Brewer was just supposed to be a better version of Liggins.
Then the Thunder re-signed Derek Fisher and amazingly, that has meant basically zero playing time for Brewer.
“There’s not a lot of minutes right now,” Brooks said. “But we’re happy that we have him. It gives us an option if we need it. But right now he just has to stay ready.”
Brewer shouldn’t be seen as just an option for the Thunder. He is a quality player in this league that’s good enough to start on a number of teams.
It would be different if he couldn’t get minutes because the Thunder were so deep but the fact that Fisher is essentially playing over him makes no sense at all.
Brooks loves Fisher. It’s because Fisher is a great leader and pretty does all of the little things that make a coach feel good. Brooks was also a former backup point guard in this league and perhaps feels some sort of connection to Fisher.
This is a scary development for the Thunder though. The Fisher rental last year made sense. Reggie Jackson wasn’t cutting it as a rookie and Fisher brought some valuable things to the locker room.
But another rental this year and pushing Brewer to the end of the bench is inexcusable.
It’s funny too because there is this thing where you have to be a great, long, athletic athlete usually to find playing time with the Thunder. Brewer is that and Fisher is the opposite. It just doesn’t add up.
The Thunder don’t have the same margin for error that they did a year ago. James Harden is gone and the Thunder can’t afford to let up at anytime once the playoffs come around.
Playing Fisher, whether it’s over Brewer or not, only puts more pressure on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
It’s just very hard to feel good about the Thunder’s chances seeing Fisher get this much run.