I have Jimmer going to the Utah Jazz in my latest mock draft.
Since Deron Williams was shipped off to the New Jersey Nets, Utah needs a new point guard (Devin Harris is too injury-prone and just doesn't seem to fit). They need someone the fans can get behind again.
Sounds like Jimmer time to me.
Jimmer Fredette had millions of people in a small frenzy over his fantastic play at BYU. Mormon fans were particularly excited about Fredette (due to the fact that he is a Mormon).
He would be an instant fan favorite for the Jazz, a team in a state whose population is over 50 percent Mormon. He would light a fire under a tired and distraught fanbase.
Jimmer wouldn't just be a gimmick, though. The fans would love him before he ever suited up in a Jazz uniform. And once he stepped out onto the EnergySolutions Arena floor, that love would be warranted.
He's the best college basketball player in the country. Kevin Durant called him the best scorer in the world. Plenty of celebrities have tweeted about his basketball brilliance.
I've eveb compared him to Steve Nash, and more recently to Stephen Curry.
He averaged 29 points and over four assists per game this year. He shot 45 percent from the field, 40percent from three-point range and 89 percent from the free-throw line.
He's quick, handles the ball well, sees the floor, and he's proven he can create his own shot against teams that were supposed to have superior athletes (UCLA, Arizona, San Diego State and Florida).
His best and most valuable skill is what will help him be an instant impact player in the NBA. Jimmer can already shoot better than most players in the league.
Even if the typical criticisms leveled at white American guards were true (too slow, not athletic enough), Jimmer's shooting would more than make up for those things.
Now that the Utah Jazz have moved on from the Deron Williams era, they should absolutely look to draft Jimmer Fredette to take his position.
Utah rapidly slid out of the playoff picture after they lost Deron Williams and wound up in the late lottery stage of the draft, which is where most mock drafts have Jimmer going right now.
Utah may be in very unfamiliar territory right now. They stand at the precipice of a rebuilding phase, something they never really had to do under Jerry Sloan. Even when they had lackluster players, Sloan found a way to make them competitive.
The current state of the Jazz is shaky, but Jimmer could help stabilize this team. A core of Fredette, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors could be very good in a couple years.
It wouldn't be too long before the fans would be able to move on emotionally from Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan. That would all be thanks to being JIMMERED!