NBA Rumors: Trade Is Necessary for Jimmer Fredette to Avoid 'Bust' Label

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2012

If Jimmer Fredette is ever going to shake his reputation as a draft bust, he needs to get away from the Sacramento Kings organization.

According to Steve Kyler of, the Kings have entertained trade offers for the point guard, pointing to the signing of free agent Aaron Brooks as a precursor to the end of the Fredette era in Sacramento:

The Kings have entertained some Jimmer trade discussions; mainly because with the arrival of Aaron Brooks in free agency Jimmer’s camp has made it known they want assurances of a role or a trade somewhere Jimmer can get a chance to play.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Fredette No. 10 overall in the 2011 draft, although he was traded shortly thereafter to the Kings, who had taken Bismack Biyombo with the seventh selection. Fredette came into the NBA as one of the most talked-about prospects in his class due to his career at BYU.

Fredette was dominant at the college level, averaging 28.9 points per game on 45 percent shooting his senior year and earning the Naismith College Player of the Year award. However, he hasn't demonstrated that his game translates to the NBA level.

Fredette struggled to contribute as a rookie for the Kings, averaging 7.6 points per game on 38.6 percent shooting, and proved to be an inefficient point guard, as his assist-to-turnover ratio was a pedestrian 1.8/1.1.

Although it's only a small sample, it's clear that Fredette doesn't have the decision-making chops to be a true NBA point guard that the Kings had hoped when they spent a lottery selection on him. For all intents and purposes, Fredette probably is a bust. 

However, the best way for Fredette to shed his bust label is to be a functioning contributor to an NBA team, and it has become clear that the Kings are not that team.

Fredette may never be the point guard that many envisioned him to be, but he could develop into a role player that could come off the bench and score points when called upon. Unfortunately, the Kings are a team that has more than enough players willing and able to light up the scoreboard.

With Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and now Aaron Brooks on the roster, there are too many mouths to feed for Fredette to carve out a niche in the Kings' offense. Throw in surging rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, and it's clear that Fredette needs to find a new home to become effective.