NBA Rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder Shouldn't Go After Jimmer Fredette
Kevin Durant reportedly wants Jimmer Fredette to join him in Oklahoma City, but it would be a bad move for the Thunder.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports tweeted on Monday:
Jimmer Fredette would love to go someplace where someone other than just DeMarcus Cousins will pass him the ball. Thunder would love to pry Fredette away from Kings as replacement for Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant is a Jimmer fan.
Granted, Fredette would probably be better than Fisher was last season, but that's not saying much. The Thunder can find someone better.
Despite being labeled a sharpshooter coming out of college, Fredette shot just 38 percent from the field and 36 percent from downtown last season with the Sacramento Kings.
Beyond that, his PER was a measly 10.8 despite his usage rate (percentage of team plays used by a player when he's on the floor) being 20 percent, per Basketball-Reference.com.
But the main reason why the Thunder shouldn't add Fredette is because of his defense.
There were questions about Fredette's defense leading up to the 2011 NBA draft, and those questions were answered emphatically last season...in a bad way.
There are players who play good man-to-man defense but don't cause a lot of turnovers. There are players who cause a lot of turnovers, but don't play good man-to-man defense.
Fredette was neither of these players last season.
Not only did Fredette average one steal per 36 minutes last season, his defensive rating was an astronomical 114 (approximate amount of points allowed by a player per 100 possessions). His defensive win shares (number of wins contributed to a team by his defense) was, ahem, negative 0.2.
So, maybe Fredette's shooting percentages go up in his second season in the NBA, but he's still a defensive liability.
Even if Fredette came off the bench for the Thunder, his defense (or lack thereof) would likely overshadow his three-point shooting.
Why is this important?
Should the Thunder trade for Jimmer Fredette?
Well, the Thunder's offense may have been explosive last season, but the team wouldn't have gotten as far as it did without its defense. The Thunder allowed opponents to shoot just 42.7 percent from the floor in the regular season, including 34.2 percent from downtown.
So, Fredette may knock down a few more three-pointers in his second season, but will that make up for the threes he allows? I don't think so.
Fredette has shown nothing to suggest he should be part of a championship contender at this point in his career.
With all due respect to Durant, the Thunder better not listen to him when it comes to personnel moves.
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