Mar 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guardJimmer Fredette
(32) looks to pass the ball past Denver Nuggets forwardJoffrey Lauvergne
(77) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
It’s not too late for Jimmer Fredette to revive his career. The 26-year old signed a training camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs. He was selected with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In three years Fredette has seven career starts and has yet to average more than 19 minutes in an NBA season.
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The BYU sharpshooter has not gotten a fair shake in the league. There are two primary reasons on why Fredette has seen minimal playing time. He is a 6″2 combo guard that has the speed of a wing and doesn’t possess the playmaking ability of most lead guards. Many believed that Fredette can turn into a Ben Gordon type player, that hasn’t happened. The second reason is that he is not a good defender. He struggles to stay in front of his man, as he lacks the quickness of most NBA guards.
At BYU, Fredette had no problem scoring, as he averaged 28.9 points making 3.4 threes a game. The problem is that it hasn’t translated in the NBA. In his career, he has averaged 6.1 points on 38% threes. Last season Fredette struggled with the New Orleans Pelicans as he shot 19% from three and he only averaged 3.6 points.
Why will Fredette turn it around?
He is on an extremely talented team that can afford to use him as a “shooter” only. Imagine a five minute stretch of Patty Mills and Fredette? That would have the defense on their heels. It’s not as if Fredette forgot how to shoot, he only took 48 threes last year.
With Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli gone, there is a chance for Fredette to earn a spot. The bench backcourt consists of Mills, Manu Ginobili, and Ray McCallum. Jonathon Simmons can also be in the mix. It’s hard to imagine Fredette beating out any of those players, but he can certainly get 10-15 minutes on a daily basis. The Spurs will probably go with Ginobili at the small forward a lot off the bench, since they only have Kyle Anderson as a true small forward.
Fredette won’t shine like he did in college, but this can be his opportunity to show the world he can still shoot it.