2011 NBA Mock Draft: 13: Phoenix- Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
Point guard Steve Nash has always served as the face of the Suns franchise, but his time with the Suns is waning. Nash is still playing at an extremely high level. He averaged 14.7 points and 11.4 assists per game last season. At 37 years old though, Nash likely only has a few seasons left in him.
Backup point guard Aaron Brooks will be a free agent this summer, and Zabian Dowdell has only played limited minutes for the club.
Phoenix needs a point guard that can provide ample scoring, and leadership on the court. Jimmer Fredette is the top outside shooter in the draft class. He showed a scoring prowess in college that was largely unparalleled. There are concerns about Fredette’s defense. Some also wonder about his ability to create his own shot on the NBA level.
Jimmer Fredette would walk into a perfect situation playing behind and learning from the veteran Nash at the point guard position. Fredette will have to prove himself in the aforementioned areas of question. He will certainly provide an immediate scoring boost to this already high powered Suns offense. Phoenix is aging and has limited depth at point guard, this might be the best situation for Jimmer Fredette to walk into.
1 Minnesota Timberwolves-
2 Cleveland Cavaliers-
3 Toronto Raptors-
4 Washington Wizards-
5 Sacramento Kings-
6 Utah Jazz-
7 Detroit Pistons-
8 Cleveland Cavaliers-
9 Charlotte Bobcats-
10 Milwaukee Bucks-
11 Golden State Warriors-
12 Utah Jazz-
13 Phoenix Suns- Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
14 Houston Rockets- Markieff Morris (Kansas)
15 Indiana Pacers- Tristan Thompson (Texas)
16 Philadelphia 76ers- Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA)
17 New York Knicks- Reggie Jackson (Boston College)
18 Washington Wizards- Jordan Hamilton (Texas)
19 Charlotte Bobcats- Chris Singleton (Florida State)
20 Minnesota Timberwolves- Tobias Harris (Tennessee)
21 Portland Trailblazers- Lucas Nogueira (Brazil)
22 Denver Nuggets- Klay Thompson (Washington State)
23 Houston Rockets- Nolan Smith (Duke)
24 Oklahoma City Thunder- Travis Leslie (Georgia)
25 Boston Celtics- Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
26 Dallas Mavericks- Justin Harper (Richmond)
27 New Jersey Nets- Jereme Richmond (Illinois)
28 Chicago Bulls- Davis Bertans (Latvia)
29 San Antonio Spurs- Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)
30 Chicago Bulls- Josh Selby (Kansas)
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