By Brendan Bowers

Corey Brewer came off the Houston Rockets’ bench to finish with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. Since arriving in Houston, however—by way of a three-team trade in late-December—Brewer has experienced more winning than losing with his new squad. The NBA veteran, who began this season in Minnesota, has assumed a critical role for head coach Kevin McHale and the Rockets. As opposed to jockeying for Lottery position in Minneapolis, Brewer is now part of a team that plans to contend for a championship as early as this season.

Paced by the NBA’s leading scorer in James Harden (27.2 points per game), the Rockets currently own a 29-14 record which is good for the No. 5 seed out West. The arrival of Brewer, combined with the signing of free agent of Josh Smith, has gone a long way to adding much-needed depth to GM Daryl Morey’s roster. We caught up with the eight-year pro from Florida to talk about his transition in Houston, and how he plans to help the Rockets go deep in the postseason.

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