|Draft:||First round, 7th overall|
Corey Brewer (born March 5, 1986 in Portland, Tennessee) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on March 3, 2011.
Brewer was a McDonald's All-American coming out of Portland High School and was selected Tennessee's Class 2-A Mr. Basketball his senior season.
Choosing to attend the University of Florida, he averaged 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games as a freshman. It all came together for Brewer and the Gators the next season as he helped lead the Gators to the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. His numbers that season rose to 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds and he tallied Florida's first-ever triple-double on December 18, 2005.
Already expected to be a mid-first round draft choice, Brewer and two other teammates announced at the 2006 Championship rally that they would be returning to school for their junior years.
That next season turned out to be another National Championship year for Brewer and the Gators. His scoring average rose to 13.2 point and the 6'9 forward was named the NCAA Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. His play as a junior only propelled Brewer's draft stock higher and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him as the seventh pick of the first round in the 2007 NBA draft.
Making an immediate impact as a rookie, Brewer saw action in 79 games for the Timberwolves in 2007-2008 averaging 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 79 games. The hopes of an even bigger second professional season were dashed early when, after only 15 games, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament costing him the remainder of the season. He returned for the 2009-2010 season to start all 82 games and average career highs in points (13.0), rebounds (3.4), assists (2.4) and minutes per game (30.4).
Brewer played in 58 games with Minnesota in 2010-2011 averaging 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 24.3 minutes before being traded to the New York Knicks as a part of the 12-player deal that also landed Carmelo Anthony in New York. He was waived by the Knicks on March 1 and signed by Dallas two days later.
He made his Mavericks debut on March 4, 2011 and was a member of Dallas' World Championship team.
Brewer was traded, along with guard Rudy Fernandez, to the Denver Nuggets on December 13, 2011 in return for a 2016 second round draft pick.
After playing a season-and-a-half with Denver, Brewer signed a three-year, $15 million free agent deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.