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Jimmer Fredette is better than you think. And Jimmer on the Jazz is about as close to a perfect fit as any possible pairing happening this summer.
Regarding that first sentence—in spite of being relegated to a third-string role by former Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart and sharing the backcourt with notoriously trigger-happy guards Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans—Jimmer was very effective in very limited minutes.
In fact, he was just as effective as Ray Allen last year. Bleacher Report's Andrew Sweat offered a comparison of the two shooters' 2012-13 seasons.
Check out how their averages, per 36 minutes, stack up against each other:
Fredette's outside shooting could be a major boon to a three-point attack that ranked in the bottom third of the NBA last year. And as evidenced by the way he torched defenders in college, Fredette can create his own shot.
As a senior at BYU, he dropped 43 points on San Diego State, while he was defended for much of the game by Kawhi Leonard—who is now one of the NBA's top defenders.
But don't take my word for it. According to Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, "Jimmer got moves, Dog."
Now regarding the fit? Do I really need to explain? Jimmermania reached a fever pitch in 2011 when he was a college senior playing his home games in Provo, Utah.
A return to the Beehive State could resurrect a lot of the positivity and confidence Jimmer had as a cougar. And can you imagine how fast Jimmer Jazz jerseys would fly off the shelves?
He's not a free agent, but Utah might be able to acquire Jimmer and his offensive firepower from Sacramento via trade. For example, ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein recently reported that the Indiana Pacers and Jazz might be interested in making a deal.