Jimmer Fredette has an uphill battle to become what one would consider "the real deal" in the NBA. Last year's Naismith award winner, Fredette has struggled so far to translate his game to NBA success.
Though he's averaging 8.6 points a game, Fredette looks unnatural playing point guard in the NBA. According to 82games.com, Fredette turns the ball over 3.5 times per 48 minutes. To make matters worse, as Grantland writer Sebastian Pruiti pointed out last week, Fredette has been terrible in pick-and-roll situations.
Fredette's defense has also been a problem. He wasn't a good defender in college, but his offensive game was so fabulous that it didn't matter how good of a defender he was. In the NBA, there's no place to hide his defensive inefficiency.
Because of Fredette's size (6'2", 195 lbs.), he's too small to guard most shooting guards in the NBA. This is why the Kings have been playing him at point guard. The problem is Fredette has found it difficult to stay in front of the fast point guards of the NBA.
Fredette is one of the best shooters in college basketball history. In the NBA, however, Fredette's been below average, shooting just 36 percent from the field.
Though he's struggled so far in his NBA career, Fredette has proved that there's a spot for him in the NBA. One just has to wonder if that spot is on the end of the bench of a sub-.500 team or as a valuable role player on a championship contender.
Here are reasons to believe that Fredette will eventually become a solid NBA player: