In 2011, there were few athletes that were more popular than the sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette.
Putting up incredible scoring performances each and every week, including 30-, 40- and 50-point games, America began to fall in love with Jimmer Fredette and his scoring ability.
Fredette had a stellar four-year career at BYU. In his senior year at BYU, Jimmer Fredette put up astounding numbers, averaging 28.9 points a game, shooting an incredible 39 percent from the three point line and handing out 4.3 assists. Jimmer Fredette also received most of the major accolades such as the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the National Player of the Year award.
Jimmer Mania was so prevalent that even the three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant acknowledged his game tweeting about Jimmer Fredette. After the season ended, Jimmer was a lock-to-be-a-looter pick in the upcoming 2011 NBA Draft.
There are few greater events than the NBA Draft; seeing the athletes' faces when they achieve their hopes and dreams is a grand spectacle.
As the 2011 NBA Draft came around, there was a lot of hype and animosity surrounding Fredette's ability. Though a lot of players feel that their dreams have come true when they are drafted and get the chance to play in the NBA, the grim reality is that being drafted is only the beginning of their journeys.
In order to have a long sustainable career in the NBA, players need to find their role amongst their respective teams. Whether it be shooting, defense, rebounding, blocking shots, bringing energy or scoring points, each player has a unique skill set that he brings to the team in order to help them win the game.
After the Sacramento Kings selected Jimmer Fredette as the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Kings also drafted another point guard with the 60th pick in the draft in Isaiah Thomas.
Though both were guards and have had completely opposite beginnings in their NBA career, Thomas seemed to be more impactful in his rookie season than the collegiate star Fredette.
After being selected as the last pick in the draft, Isaiah Thomas has emerged as the future point guard of the Sacramento Kings. During his rookie season, Isaiah Thomas flourished in the NBA.
Almost going undrafted because scouts thought that hewould not be able to score with his size, Isaiah Thomas used his athleticism instead to score points. Showing off quickness and an excellent shooting stroke, he averaged 11.5 points, including shooting 37.9 percent from the three point line.
When the NBA season was finished, Thomas finished seventh in rookie of the Year voting and also made the All Rookie Second Team, while Jimmer Fredette averaged 7.6 points and only 18.6 minutes a game.
Attempting to help rebuild the roster and turn the Sacramento Kings franchise into a winner again, the Kings brought in another point guard, NBA journey man Aaron Brooks.
The Kings now have a plethora of guards. With more point guards in the rotation on the Kings roster, it will be much more difficult for Jimmer Fredette to get more minutes than he did in his rookie season.
In order to to help the development of his game, the Kings assigned Fredette to their Las Vegas Summer League team. In the league, he did well, scoring 18.0 points a game, but he shot a woeful 21 percent from the three point line.
Even if Fredette attempted to play the shooting guard position, he would be undersized. Moreover, the Kings already have the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans attempting to play the position.
In order for Jimmer Fredette to increase his minutes on the court and to play a meaningful role next season, he will have to find a way to show score the basketball at the NBA level.
Scouts were concerned about his first step, his ability to defend and his ability to create shots off the dribble. Looking as though their thoughts are coming to fruition, it might be that we may never see the scoring ability and incredible shooting performances that Fredette gave BYU and collegiate basketball fans alike during his senior year.
The best case for Jimmer Fredette is to be traded in order to be given a new opportunity to start afresh.
Hopefully riding on the hype of his lone spectacular season at BYU, there could still be a chance for him to find his niche in the NBA and to become a great role player for a team looking to win games.
The Jimmer will be on an NBA team somewhere, but will be be playing on an NBA floor? Nobody knows.