The Boston Celtics and Danny Ainge Could Save Jimmer Fredette's Career

Andrew SweatCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2013

Jimmer's "Sacramento Stink" Face
Jimmer's "Sacramento Stink" FaceKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

If anybody can wash the "Sacramento stink" off Jimmer Fredette, it's the Boston Celtics.

Celtics president Danny Ainge would be the perfect mentor for the floundering Fredette. The similarities between Fredette and Ainge run deep, and with the Celtics clearly looking to rebuild, Jimmer would be an ideal young talent to invest in.

Boston should trade for Fredette in a move that would benefit both a rebuilding franchise and a young player who just needs the right situation to succeed.


Jimmer and DannyThe Similarities

Nobody in the NBA universe understands Jimmer Fredette like Danny Ainge does.

Both Fredette and Ainge starred at Brigham Young University, leading the Cougars into the Sweet 16 and winning National Player of the Year honors. They were both dominant scorers at BYU, with Fredette's 28.9 PPG in 2011 leading the nation and Ainge's 24.4 PPG in 1981 placing him among the nation's best.

Even more important than the on-court similarities are the cultural and religious ties.

Active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints like Ainge and Fredette can face hard personal transitions in the NBA. Danny Ainge was called to serve as the bishop of his ward (congregation) in 2008, and Fredette was married in 2012 in the Denver Colorado LDS Temple, indicating both men live church standards, including avoiding alcohol and tobacco, paying a full 10 percent tithe and not engaging in sexual relations outside of marriage.

With their shared faith and personal moral standards, Danny Ainge is in a unique position to mentor Jimmer Fredette in his professional development.


Boston's Rebuilding Plans

The Boston Celtics are clearly rebuilding, and the 2013-2014 season will be a disaster.

Gone are Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and coach Doc Rivers. Rajon Rondo is coming off an ACL injury.

Jimmer is exactly what the Celtics are looking for right now: young and cheap. The 24-year-old Fredette is under contract for 2013-2014 with a $2.6 million salary and a team option in 2014-2015 for $3.3 million.

But beyond the contract, Fredette could also be a valuable role player in the right situation.


Jimmer Can Play

The Sacramento Kings are the league's biggest train wreck, and coach Keith Smart has jerked Jimmer's minutes around during his two NBA seasons.

In 2012-2013, Fredette averaged just 14.0 minutes per game. On any given night, he could play 20-plus minutes or get a DNP-CD, making it extremely difficult for him to ever find a rhythm.

Shooters like Jimmer Fredette need to find their rhythm to succeed.

For example, Jimmer has appeared in 41 career games in which he has played 21 minutes or more. In these games (equivalent to half a season), Jimmer has averaged 11.7 points and, more impressively, made 42.2 percent (76 of 180) of his three-point attempts.

Despite Keith Smart's incoherent minutes distribution in 2012-2013, Jimmer's 41.7 percent from the three-point line was 17th best in the league and comparable to elite shooters like Kevin Durant (41.6 percent), Mike Miller (41.7 percent), Ray Allen (41.9 percent) and Steve Novak (42.5 percent).

Jimmer Fredette is one of the best three-point shooters in the league despite the "Sacramento stink" that has seeped into every one of his milky white pores in his two years with the Kings.

It's time for the Kings to free Jimmer Fredette.

The Boston Celtics and Danny Ainge would give him the perfect place to succeed.