It’s time to trade the Jimmer. A year and a half into his pro career, Fredette has shown flashes of brilliance, but overall he has had little impact on a subpar team.
At the risk of sounding like a Fredette apologist, I think his struggles are tied to present circumstances rather than a lack of ability or talent on his part.
The Kings are stacked at the guard position and Fredette is one of many shoot-first, pass-second guards.
If you slot Jimmer as a point guard, he is battling for minutes with Tyreke Evans, Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas. If you play him at the two-guard, he’s competing with Marcus Thornton and John Salmons.
To make matters worse, Kings head coach Keith Smart has struggled to get his guards regular minutes. Rather than settle on a consistent rotation, Smart has spread the minutes, giving everyone a chance to play. But some players aren’t getting the reps needed to improve, and looking at the standings, it clearly hasn’t been good for the team.
As for Fredette, while it might not seem like it, he’s been much improved in his sophomore season.
We’re only 21 games into the year, but despite playing six fewer minutes per game, Fredette has maintained his scoring average (7.6 PPG) and has been a far more accurate shooter. His field goal, three-point and free-throw percentages have all noticeably improved.
But how big of an impact can you have playing 12 minutes per game, with a lot of them coming in garbage time?
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