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Corey Brewer Has Made a Massive Amount of Money as an NBA Journeyman

Since entering the NBA in 2007-08, Corey Brewer has played on about 25% of the teams in the league. His defense has ultimately been extremely valuable for the teams he has played on, and now it looks like he will try to help the Sacramento Kings during the NBA restart. Brewer’s play on the court hasn’t just helped his teams, though. It has also helped him earn a lot of money.

Corey Brewer was a champion with the Florida Gators

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During his college career, Corey Brewer helped the Florida Gators have an incredible amount of success. 

After he averaged 7.5 points per game and 1.4 steals in 2004-05, Brewer averaged 12.7 points per game, 1.6 steals, and 4.8 rebounds in 2005-06. He also helped the Gators win a national championship. Brewer scored 19 points and had six rebounds in their Final Four win over George Mason too.

Then in 2006-07, Brewer scored 13.2 points per game for the Gators. He also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals. The Gators, again, won a national championship too. Brewer scored 19 points in the Final Four again, as Florida defeated UCLA. 

He then went into the NBA draft in 2007. 

Brewer has been a journeyman in the NBA

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With the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Brewer. He spent his first three-and-a-half seasons there, and in 2009-10, Brewer averaged 13 points per game and 1.4 steals. The 13 points-per-game average is still his career-high.

Since then, Brewer has switched teams almost every season. He played for the Dallas Mavericks toward the end 2010-11, the year the Mavericks won the championship, but he only played in six games during the playoffs. 

Brewer then played for the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and he then returned to the Timberwolves for the 2013-14 season and part of the 2014-15 season. Brewer played for the Houston Rockets in three separate seasons in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17, and then the Los Angeles Lakers for part of 2016-17 and part of 2017-18. He then played for the Oklahoma City Thunder for some of 2017-18, and then the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings in 2018-19. 

In his career, Brewer has been top 20 in steals in a season three times, including the 2013-14 season when he was fourth in the league with 151. Brewer is also fifth among active players in steal percentage.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported this week that Brewer plans to sign with the Kings for the NBA restart. He has not played in the league this season.

He has made a massive amount of money as a journeyman

Corey Brewer has been been on about 25% of the teams in the NBA. His career as a journeyman, though, has helped him earn millions.
Corey Brewer of the Sacramento Kings warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in March 2019. | Cassy Athena/Getty Images

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Brewer has only averaged 8.7 points per game in his career, but he has still made a lot of money for his services on the defensive end. 

In his career, Brewer has earned an estimated $55.32 million in total so far, according to Spotrac. That is not including the contract he is expected to sign with the Kings.

Brewer has earned the majority of his money with the Timberwolves and Rockets. He made an estimated $12.6 million with the T-Wolves and an estimated $18.3 million with the Rockets, according to Spotrac.

When the NBA restarts, Brewer and the Kings will have a decent shot at making the playoffs as they are tied for ninth place in the Western Conference with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans. They are all three-and-a-half games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed.

Whether the Kings have success when play resumes or not, though, Brewer will just continue to add to his total career earnings.

Stats courtesy of Sports Reference and Basketball Reference