Jimmer Fredette: College Star Will Never Find NBA Success with Sacramento Kings

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 18:  Jimmer Fredette #7 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles to the basket during their game against the Indiana Pacers at Power Balance Pavilion on January 18, 2012 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jimmer Fredette has the skills to become a serviceable—possibly even great—NBA player, but he’s never going to realize his potential while toiling away in Sacramento.

The Kings selected Fredette with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 draft—a pick that was extremely polarizing at the time and one that, after just a year of play, seems like a huge reach.

However, although the former BYU star was relatively unsuccessful during his rookie campaign (he averaged just 7.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds, and he averaged a whopping 7.3 field-goal attempts, making them at a paltry rate of 38.6 percent from the field and 36.1 from deep), there is still a lot of promise in Fredette’s game.

The 23-year-old is a transcendent scorer, but he needs to learn to run an offense due to his size (6’2”, 195 pounds). He’s not going to be able to score at will unless he is equally as dangerous as a playmaker.

Unfortunately, that’s never going to happen in Sacramento. The roster is full of selfish, “me-first” type players who need to have the basketball to succeed or they will sulk.

Jimmer had to play with guys like DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas and John Salmons last season, all of whom must use many possessions to get their numbers and don’t play well off the ball for long stretches.

There’s nothing wrong with this type of player in the league (most of the elite talents in the NBA have selfish tendencies). But having too many on one roster with a developing PG who isn’t used to distributing is a recipe for disaster.

Fredette must find a new home on a roster that will allow him to cut loose as a scorer and where he won’t have to worry about ball hogs demanding the rock.

There is still plenty of time for Jimmer to turn his career around, but it’s quite evident that this emergence will not happen in SacTown.