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NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette's 5 Likeliest Landing Spots

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMay 9, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette's 5 Likeliest Landing Spots

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars looks on with a bandage on his chin during the second half against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans A
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    Jimmer Fredette of BYU has been the one of major topics of the upcoming NBA draft.

    The 6’2” point guard has been ranked anywhere in the top five prospects to a player who may slip all the way to the end of the first round.

    Regardless of the need to refine his defensive game, Fredette has shown a prowess for scoring points that any team would like to have.

    Most likely, Fredette will be selected midway through the first round.

    Here are the five likeliest landing spots for Fredette.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts during their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    The Philadelphia 76ers hold the 16th pick of the NBA draft.

    This might be a slight stretch for Jimmer Fredette to still be on the board, but Philadelphia would benefit greatly by drafting the BYU guard.

    The future of 76ers star Andre Iguodala remains uncertain, with his name already being murmured in possible offseason trades.

    Philadelphia had a much-improved season under Doug Collins and received contributions from many different sources.

    Adding Fredette to a backcourt that already includes Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Louis Williams would give Collins many different scoring options.

4. Milwaukee Bucks

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    The Milwaukee Bucks pick 10th overall in the NBA draft and the team may look to draft Fredette.

    It seems a little high, but Fredette could be the instant source of offense the Bucks need to get back to the playoffs.

    Milwaukee has an exciting young point guard in Brandon Jennings, but shifting Fredette to shooting guard may allow him to crack the starting lineup right away.

    This still may seem like a stretch, since there are can’t-miss prospects ranked ahead of Fredette.

    However, Fredette would get an immediate chance to show his skills in Milwaukee.

3. Indiana Pacers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (
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    The Indiana Pacers have the No. 15 pick in the NBA Draft.

    Like the 76ers, the Pacers hope Fredette’s name is still on the board when the team makes its selection.

    The Pacers have the makings of a good young team with Darren Collison, Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough. Indiana earned the eighth slot in the playoffs, and even won a playoff game against the heavily favored Chicago Bulls.

    Fredette would be another talented piece to add to the Pacers roster.

2. Phoenix Suns

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars drives past Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orlea
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    With the status of Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks and Vince Carter, the Phoenix Suns may need some help at the guard position.

    The Suns pick 13th overall and may take a chance on Fredette.

    Even if the Suns elect to keep Nash, Fredette could be tutored by one of the best ever to play the position before taking over the job full-time.

    Phoenix missed the playoffs this year, so they will attempt to alter their roster to get back to the postseason.

    Fredette may be a great place to start.

1. Utah Jazz

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 03:  Jimmer Fredette of BYU received the 2011 Naismith Trophy Presented by AT&T at the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Program on April 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    NBADraft.net lists the Utah Jazz as the team who will select Jimmer Fredette with the No. 12 pick.

    This pick would make a lot of sense since the Jazz dealt their All-Star point guard, Deron Williams, to the New Jersey Nets in February.

    Utah picked up Devin Harris in the deal, but that might be more of a temporary solution until a younger point guard—like Fredette—takes over.

    Fredette has already become a hero in Utah after attending BYU, so he could further add to his legacy by starring for the Jazz.

    Therefore, the Jazz appear to be the likeliest destination for Fredette.

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