May 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer (11) and Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) fight for a rebound during the first half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Ronnie Brewer: ESPN Rank No. 167

Continuing with looking at how the New York Knicks fared in the latest ESPN rankings of all the players in the league, we get to newly signed Ronnie Brewer who checks in at No. 167.

May 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer (11) drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers power forward Elton Brand (42) during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Brewer is down a few spots from a year ago when he ranked No. 154. This year, at 167 he falls in between Milwaukee’s Mike Dunleavy and Memphis’ Darrell Arthur.

He is a six-year pro that has averaged 9.0 points throughout his career, but is known more for being a great perimeter defender, which is why he should be an asset to Mike Woodson’s team in 2013.

Brewer is coming off a year in which he averaged only 6.9 points and shot only 42.7 percent from the floor, way down from his 50.1 career field goal percentage.

He should be the starting shooting guard once he recovers from knee surgery, but don’t count on Brewer knocking down many shots from behind the arc as he is only a career 24.4 percent shooter from long-range.

However what he can do well is defend and that’s what Woodson will lean on him do. Brewer can guard the 2 or the 3, which means he will likely draw the assignment of covering the opposition’s best perimeter player on a nightly basis, and why not? Brewer is a disruptive defender who has long arms and gets his hands on a lot of balls. Paired with Iman Shumpert (when he returns), the Knicks will have a pair of potential shutdown perimeter defenders, which has been a problem in previous seasons.

Whatever the Knicks get from Brewer offensively is a bonus, but he is a very good cutter off ball, especially along baselines and is a good finisher at basket.

But he knows his role and that’s to play defense and that’s something he does very well.

I liked this signing the moment it was announced and Knicks’ fans will like the effort Brewer brings to the court on a nightly basis.

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