Jimmer Fredette has never gotten a fair crack at the NBA. But next season, the Nets could give him one.
After a folk tale of a college career at BYU, the 25-year-old was drafted and predominantly benched by the Sacramento Kings for the first two-and-a-half years of his professional career. After getting waived this past March, Fredette signed with the offensively-starved Chicago Bulls.
And got benched again.
Fredette, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, will never be the star that he was in college. But the kid can flat-out shoot.
In four years as a pro, Fredette has knocked down over 40 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and nearly 43 percent from his shots from the field.
He can’t play defense, isn’t really a playmaker and stands at an underwhelming 6’2”. But his long-range shooting will pay his bills for years to come.
“People need shooting, they need scoring,” Fredette told the Post-Star, a small paper near his hometown. “I’m able to provide that and during flashes of my career they’ve been able to see that I can do it. So hopefully I’m able to find a spot where I can do it consistently and get consistent playing time.”
Brooklyn could sign Fredette, a native of Glens Falls, N.Y., to a small deal and camp him out around the three-point line. No ball-handling, distributing or defensive responsibilities—just firing from downtown.
Pairing Fredette with Mirza Teletovic would give the team two long-range assassins, opening up the paint and improving ball movement on the perimeter.
Isolation players like Joe Johnson need to be surrounded with snipers in order to truly be effective, and in Brooklyn, Fredette would be able to stretch the floor with the best of ‘em.