User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Wolves' Brewer is a 'different player'

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Corey Brewer has tried everything in his career to put some weight on his 6-foot-8 frame.

Advertisement
He has lifted weights, changed his diet, even indulged in deep fried Snickers bars at the Minnesota State Fair early in his career to try to add a little bit of bulk to a comically skinny body.

When he returned to Minnesota on Wednesday, more than a month after signing a three-year deal worth more than $14 million with the Timberwolves, Brewer professed to being a ``whole different player'' than the one that never quite panned out here the first time around. The first sign that Brewer might not be just saying that was a little more fullness in his face.

``I'm the heaviest I've ever been,'' Brewer said, flashing a wide smile.

Brewer said he weighs 194 pounds now, not exactly Shaquille O'Neal in his final few seasons in the league. Considering he weighed just 180 in his first few seasons in the league, that's a pretty significant change. And that's not the only thing that's different, he said.

When the Timberwolves lost Andrei Kirilenko to Brooklyn, they found themselves in desperate need of a solid perimeter defender to help a team short on defensive stoppers up and down the roster. That's always been Brewer's forte, but he's also confident that he returns to Minnesota a much more accomplished player on the other end of the floor.

``I know how to get my shots,'' Brewer said. ``I know what not to do and what to do. So I feel like I'm a better player.''

The Wolves chose Brewer with the No. 7 overall pick in 2007, hoping a player who helped Florida win back-to-back national titles would be able to step in and give them some scoring punch at shooting guard in addition to stingy defense on the perimeter. But he shot just 19.4 percent on 3-pointers as a rookie and never was able to score with any consistency before the Wolves traded him to New York in 2011.

Things didn't work out with the Knicks, either, and Brewer wound up as a bit player on the Dallas Mavericks' run to the title later that season. Once he landed with the Denver Nuggets and coach George Karl's free-flowing, up-tempo system, Brewer started to figure some things out.

His shooting percentages overall didn't climb all that dramatically, but Brewer became a big-time threat in transition and, with some coaxing from Karl, started to find places on the floor where an erratic jumper started to flourish. He shot a very respectable 38 percent on corner 3-pointers and found the discipline to keep shooting from those spots rather than force things from areas on the floor where he was less effective.

``I'm a lot better. I'm a lot more consistent,'' he said. ``I know what I can do and I can't do. I know how to get my shots. And I feel like I've been making it work the last couple years.''

Whether he starts or comes off the bench in Minnesota, Brewer will very likely find himself on the floor late in games to take on the opponent's best offensive player on the perimeter. That means he will likely be playing alongside Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, three players who figure to get the vast majority of shots when they're on the floor.

At 27 years old, Brewer is just fine with that. He doesn't have to be a go-to scorer. And even though he is no longer playing for Karl, he will still be heeding his former coach's teachings - do what you do well and don't force anything else.

``It took me a while, but it was easy once I got to Denver and coach Karl put me in the system,'' he said. ``I knew I was going to get my shots and so that's what I've worked on.''

---

Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Hoop Trends - Wednesday
Sportsbook: Wednesday's Top Action
Mejia: Three-pointer: Bulls avoid disaster
US adds Blazers' Lillard to Olympic pool
Hack-a-Someone now a bigger issue
PG Wall still has to work for recognition
Karl says he and Divac had positive talk
Whiteside remains an enigma for Heat
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
10-1 Streak, 62% +1,908 TY
10-0 L10, 18-5 L23 G-Plays
7-1 L8 Picks, 6-1 L7 G-Plays
2-0 Y'day, 15-2 G-Play run
7-3 L10 G-Plays, 14-6 L20 Picks
18-8 L26, 25-12 L37 Run
12-4 L16, 43-21 Run, 21-8 G-Plays
7-3 L4 Days, +1,330 This Year
25-12 L37 Picks, 13-6 L19 G-Plays
4-2 Last 6 Guarantees
9-4 Last 13 Over/Unders
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks -
2015 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1908
Chip Chirimbes + 1330
Joe Nelson + 876
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 760
Antony Dinero + 686
Joe Nelson + 490
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 62 %
Joe Nelson 59 %
Greg Smith 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1504
Marc Lawrence + 624
Antony Dinero + 525
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1299
Paul Bovi + 1044
Stephen Nover + 965
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1532
Kevin Rogers + 1301
The Gold Sheet + 759
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership