This offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves did what they believe to be enough to contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference in 2013. Adding guys like Kevin Martin and Ronny Turiaf through free agency and drafting Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng should prove to all be valuable moves in their own respects.
But, one new face that should prove to be the most important out of the bunch will be swingman Corey Brewer, who actually started his career with the Wolves back in 2007. The former Denver Nuggets shooting guard/small forward was brought into Minnesota for a couple of different reasons, but the biggest reason was because of his defense.
The Wolves had a tough time guarding the perimeter last season if Andrei Kirilenko wasn’t on the floor, and Brewer brings a level of tenacity at the position that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Brewer is a guy that can guard the tougher stars in the league and put up a good enough fight for those guys to struggle more than usual.
For the Wolves to contend in the West, they need a defender like Brewer who can give guys like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul a struggle in crunch time. In fact, the ability to defend positions 1-3 gives Brewer an edge over many perimeter defenders in the league. He’s never been glamorous, but Brewer is a gritty defender who focuses the majority of his energy on that side of the ball. The Wolves welcome that.
Brewer will be key to any success Minnesota has this year, as they will surely need to up their defensive intensity in order to make a run for one of the final spots in the West. If he can give them consistent minutes on defense, the Wolves will be much closer to that goal than they were a year ago.