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OKC Thunder: Despite lack of playing time, Ronnie Brewer might return to Thunder

Brewer: “I'm open to play basketball. If it's here or somewhere else that's what I want to do. That's what I love to do.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 6, 2013

Ronnie Brewer was asked if he is open to returning to the Thunder.

His answer spoke volumes.

“I'm open to play basketball,” he said. “If it's here or somewhere else that's what I want to do. That's what I love to do and that's what I enjoy doing so I'm going to try to continue to do it.”

By now you know Brewer didn't do much of that in Oklahoma City.

After arriving from New York via trade, Brewer played in only 14 of a possible 26 games. He averaged 10.1 minutes.

And that's misleading.

Brewer played only 5.5 minutes per game in his first 11 contests, before logging at least 25 minutes in each of the final three contests.

In the postseason, Brewer appeared in just one game out of 11 — for a total of eight minutes in a 29-point blowout win.

“There wasn't really another reason for why I was not playing,” Brewer said. “Whenever my name was called I tried to go out there and play as hard as I possibly could.”

Whenever asked about Brewer's role, Thunder coach Scott Brooks repeatedly gave his standard reason for why a player was not playing. It centered on some form of you can't play everybody.

“I wish I would've played a little bit more, but at the same time this is an established team that had won a lot of games when I got here,” Brewer said. “You can't really change something that's been working.”

The Thunder was 39-15 the day it acquired Brewer from the Knicks for a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash. Brewer missed the first game while traveling to Oklahoma City, and he was inactive for the team's second contests following the trade because he had just arrived.

That's when the pattern of Brewer not playing started to take shape.

His first appearance came in a 45-point home win over New Orleans. His next 10 games were all double-digit contests. The Thunder won nine of them, by an average of 18.7 points.

In other words, Brewer basically was only playing in blowouts.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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