In 2011, Jimmer Fredette won the National Player of the Year at BYU. He led the entire nation in scoring and was unstoppable. Then he was drafted No. 10 overall to the Sacramento Kings and his career was pretty much over before it started.
2011 seems like yesterday but in actuality, it was nearly a decade ago and the league was different. NBA teams hadn’t fully embraced the fact that 3-pointers are worth more than 2-pointers. The Golden State Warriors hadn’t cracked that secret code yet.
So Jimmer was forced to become a role player averaging around 13 minutes a game in his brief NBA career and never truly had the opportunity to do what he does best: shoot.
Then in 2016, he signed with the Shanghai Sharks and the rest is history. On his first night in China, he dropped 42 points. Instant legend. That Fredette dribble pull-up is undefeated.
No big deal. Just a game where Jimmer Fredette scored 75 points and 40 points in the 4th quarter alone. The usual. Totally doesn’t belong in the NBA or anything. Just a 30-year old deadeye shooter in the prime of his career dominating the sport. Happens every day.
I concur, Kevin.
Jimmer Fredette’s game consists of handling the ball and either pulling up into a 3-pointer or driving to the basket. Outside shots or scoring in the paint. Both at a high volume. Does that remind you of anyone?
Jimmer isn’t going to walk back into the league and suddenly become an MVP candidate like James Harden but the blueprint for his success is clear. High usage and complete control over the offense.
We saw him battle with Harden this preseason and go shot-for-shot with the best scorer in the NBA. You cannot use the argument that Jimmer can only score against Chinese defenses after seeing him carve up the Rockets who nearly beat the Golden State Warriors a few months earlier.
Jimmer will be playing a backseat to Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, as he should. Although I do believe he is a better bucket-getter than those two, he’s a 30-year old who’s been out of the league for half a decade and the keys to the kingdom belong to them.
But Jimmer just getting his foot in the NBA door is huge. He is due for one massive game. It’s inevitable. He’s better than Tyler Johnson or any
Jimmer Fredette can be the next James Harden, he just needs the opportunity.
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