Jimmer Fredette had a very rocky rookie season.
He was completely outplayed by teammate Isaiah Thomas, who was selected 50 picks after Fredette in the 2011 draft. Fredette struggled with his confidence, his defense and, strangely, even his shot.
Now is the time for Fredette to raise the team's confidence in him
He lost the point guard job to Isaiah Thomas last year, and there is no question that Thomas is the probable starter for this upcoming season—and he should be. Still, Fredette is absolutely important to the Kings, and the summer league is a great chance for him to prove it.
Thomas has been excused from the NBA Summer League, as he finishes his classes to earn his degree at the University of Washington.
That may be the publicized excuse, but one has to wonder how much of it was about Thomas and how much was about Fredette.
Thomas doesn't have much to prove, especially not in the summer league. Fredette, meanwhile, has to prove he can handle the NBA game and prove he can play the point. He needs to prove he can run a team and he needs to prove he can play NBA defense.
I wrote this piece on Fredette near the end of the season in which I said that King fans shouldn't be worried about Fredette's lack of playing time and argued that the outrageous expectations Fredette faced were detrimental to his development.
Now is the time for Fredette to get back on track.