2011 NBA Mock Draft: Jazz Keep Jimmer Fredette in Utah with No. 12 Pick
Jazz take BYU standout Fredette in first round of 2011 NBA Draft in an effort to bolster offense
With the departure of Deron Williams from Utah, the Jazz are left with Devon Harris as the top option at the point. In a move that will bolster play on the offensive end, drafting a point guard high in the first round should provide depth and explosiveness.
After a spectacular senior season, Jimmer Fredette’s draft stock was at an all time high. Fredette averaged 29 points and four assists per game this season, enough to give him the 2011 Naismith Award for most outstanding College Basketball player.
His jumpshot and ability to score at will from virtually anywhere on the court make him a very unique talent. As explosive as hit talents are, he does appear to be at somewhat of an athletic disadvantage.
His ability to make acrobatic shots and release the ball quickly helped him overcome his shortcomings at the collegiate level, but only time will tell as to whether or not it translates to success in the NBA.
Pro Comparison: Luke Ridnour
Ridnour certainly didn’t exit college with the same fanfare that Fredette has, but from a body of work perspective they both have a very similar style.
Both players do have great jumpshots and have the propensity to take on scoring opportunities that they’re creating themselves. The shortcomings on the defensive end are similar from both players, as both are more heralded for ball-handling and shooting.
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