Trading For Jimmer Fredette Makes Perfect Sense for Utah Jazz
The Sacramento Kings are looking to acquire a second first-round pick and are using guard Jimmer Fredette as bait. Sources say the Kings have reached out to a number of teams in the mid-to-late first round in an attempt to secure another pick. Both the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz are potential destinations for Jimmer.
Unfortunately, Jimmer could not have landed in a worse situation for the first two years of his career. The Kings roster is flooded with immature players, including a slew of shoot-first guards (Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Toney Douglas and Tyreke Evans).
A new home should be a welcome change for the combo guard who captured the attention of the nation during his senior season at BYU.
A return to Utah would be the perfect fit for Jimmer. All three of Utah's point guards (Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley) from 2012-13 are free agents this summer, and the Jazz were in the bottom third of the league in threes made last year.
Fredette can help fill both those needs.
In spite of the log jam in Sacramento's backcourt and the complete lack of confidence coach Keith Smart had in him, Jimmer was still effective when given the opportunity.
For his career, he's shooting over 40 percent from three-point range, including 42 percent last year. He averaged 7.2 points in 14 minutes off the bench in 2012-13, which translates to over 18 points per 36 minutes.
You may be wary of comparing him to Allen, but you can't ignore how Jimmer stacks up against Utah's outgoing point guards. The numbers suggest he could be an upgrade for the offense, as he had a higher player efficiency rating and true shooting and three-point percentage than all three.
Jimmer also has better size and is younger (at 24 years old) than Williams, Watson and Tinsley. He measured 6'3" with a 6'5" wingspan at the NBA Combine in 2011.
He also dispelled rumors about a lack of athleticism there—he was among the leaders in all the agility drills.
The problem with Jimmer coming out of college is the same as it is today: a woeful lack of effort on defense.
He has the size and athleticism to be at least average defensively; he's simply never been compelled to try. At BYU, they set him at the corner of a zone defense and expected him to conserve his energy for offense. In Sacramento, he fell into the bad habits rampant throughout the roster.
If someone in Utah's organization can inspire Jimmer to play some defense, he can be at least as effective as Steve Nash or Stephen Curry on that end. Jerry Sloan, anyone?
Does Jimmer Fredette Fit with the Utah Jazz?
Jimmer would already fit in Utah offensively and could be pushed to fit defensively. The other aspect he would bring to the Jazz is an intangible one.
Fans across the country, and particularly in Utah, fell in love with Jimmer when he was raining in pull-up threes from five feet behind the three-point line in college. They would embrace him with open arms if the Jazz brought him back to Utah.
During Thursday night's draft, the Jazz could go with a big man at No. 14 to help alleviate the pain of possibly losing Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap and trade the No. 21 pick for Fredette. For the fans, and for his abilities as a sharpshooter, Jimmer would be well worth it.
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