Jimmer Fredette's hot streak continued Saturday, when he was named the D-League All-Star Game MVP after scoring a game-record 35 points in the East's 128-124 win over the West.
Fredette, 26, knocked down 13 of his 19 shots, including six of 12 from three-point range. He added eight assists and six rebounds in an all-around brilliant effort reminiscent of his BYU days. The sweet-shooting guard looked at home knocking down long-range shot after long-range shot, and he more than doubled any other individual scoring effort.
"It's an honor just to be out there and play with these great players," Fredette said, per Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. "To be in the All-Star Weekend is something that's special. I've never been a part of it before, so it's been a lot of fun to be here."
A 2011 first-round pick, Fredette flamed out of the NBA after appearing in parts of five seasons with three different franchises. He most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans in November before being cut when the team had to trim its roster to 15 players.
While Fredette never matched his collegiate success in the NBA, he's seemingly recaptured his magic in the D-League. He came into the All-Star break averaging 22.6 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Westchester Knicks. After his MVP performance, he said he hopes to return to the NBA one day.
"You're always hopeful. Everybody in this league, that's what their dream is. They want to get back or into the NBA—or further their career, wherever it is," Fredette said. "That's what this league is—it's a developmental league, and I'm no different."
Fredette's matador defensive tendencies were a problem in the NBA, but it's hard to see how he wouldn't help at the end of an NBA bench. He's a career 38 percent shooter from deep and could be fine in a low-minutes role with little ball-handling duties. (It is worth noting, however, that he shot 18.8 percent from range in a similar role in New Orleans last season.)
At worst, Fredette is a fun player to monitor. At best, this could be a prelude to a cool comeback story.
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