San Antonio Spurs: Jimmer Fredette Wasn’t A Good Fit

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs waived Jimmer Fredette on Wednesday. The 26-year-old was seen as a long shot to make the team. Unfortunately for the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft he didn’t make the most of his chances during preseason play.

Fredette played in two preseason games for a combined 26 minutes. In that time, he had a total of four points, six rebounds, and two assists. Fredette shot 2-for-10 from the field, though that is a sample size. His six rebounds in such little time may have opened some eyes.

But the problem with Fredette in his career, even dating back to his glory days at BYU, has been defense. Fredette has struggled to defend point guards, as he isn’t quick enough. The 6’2 guard also struggles to defend shooting guards, because he’s too small.

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Despite being a career 38% three point shooter, Fredette isn’t a good fit with the Spurs. The Spurs already have Tony Parker, Ray McCallum, and Patty Mills that can play point guard.

Mills is similar to Fredette in the sense that they are both terrific shooters. The difference is that Mills is a better defender by a mile. Even if Fredette made the Spurs roster he would’ve struggled to crack the rotation.

The Spurs decided to go with Rasual Butler and Jonathon Simmons over him for now. Both players can shoot and are at least capable defenders. They can also play both wing spots.

Unfortunately for all Fredette fans, the dream of him potentially making a few threes for the Spurs in the 2016 NBA Finals is out the window.

San Antonio also Deshaun Thomas, Keifer Sykes, and Youssou Ndoye.

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