Jim Brewer (basketball)

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Jim Brewer
Personal information
Born (1951-12-03) December 3, 1951 (age 65)
Maywood, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Proviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
College Minnesota (1970–1973)
NBA draft 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1973–1985
Position Power forward
Number 52, 42, 40, 8
Career history
19731979 Cleveland Cavaliers
1979 Detroit Pistons
1979–1980 Portland Trail Blazers
19801982 Los Angeles Lakers
1982–1985 Ford / Jollycolombani Cantù
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,099 (5.8 ppg)
Rebounds 4,458 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 1,038 (1.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Turner Brewer (born December 3, 1951) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Brewer was the first notable player to come out of Proviso East High School, which has one of the most successful high school basketball programs in Illinois. In 1969, Brewer, playing center, led his team to the first of four state championships. Brewer was followed at Proviso East by other future NBA players, notably Doc Rivers, Michael Finley, Dee Brown, and Shannon Brown. The 6'9" 210 pound forward then attended the University of Minnesota, where he was a teammate of future Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Brewer played in the 1972 Summer Olympics, including the United States' controversial loss to the Soviet Union, before being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round (2nd pick) of the 1973 NBA draft. When Brewer scored a basket at a Cavaliers home game, the public address announcer would declare, "Two for the Brew!" Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA from 1973 to 1982. Then he played with Pallacanestro Cantù in Italian Serie A along with players as Pierluigi Marzorati and Antonello Riva with coach Giancarlo Primo. He won a Euroleague and was an Intercontinental Cup finalist.

Brewer is the uncle of former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers and the great uncle of Doc's son, Clippers point guard, Austin Rivers.[1]

In 2007, the Illinois High School Association named Brewer one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.[2]


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