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Jim Brewer
Position(s) Power forward
Jersey #(s)
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Born December 3, 1951 (1951-12-03) (age 58)
Maywood, Illinois, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1973–1985
NBA Draft 1973 / Round: 1st / Pick: 2nd
College Minnesota
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     4099
Rebounds     4458
Assists     1038
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Silver Munich 1972 National team

James Turner Brewer (born December 3, 1951, in Maywood, Illinois) is a retired American National Basketball Association 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 before retiring in 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 an Intercontinental Cup.

Brewer is the uncle of former NBA player and current Boston Celtics head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers.[1]


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