Jimmer Fredette: Time to Show Defense
Fredette's biggest moment so far was in his interview when he explained how at BYU, it was not like he didn't want to play defense, his coach just didn't require it of him. They didn't want Fredette in foul trouble and wanted him to have all the energy possible on the offensive end.
If that is true, then Fredette needs to show he is capable of playing defense in these next couple of days. Fredette will not be good enough offensively in the NBA to take possessions off on the defensive end the way he did in college.
The problem I see with Fredette, is he's not a combination, point guard/shooting guard at the next level. I don't see Fredette running the offense of a team in the NBA.
He is purely a shooting guard, and his shot could still be lethal on an NBA floor. The problem with this, is there are a ton of good shooting guards in this league that he will have to guard.
Let's say, Fredette ends up on the Charlotte Bobcats. Within their division, Fredette will be asked to guard Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson.
Let's say he falls a little later to the Indiana Pacers. In the Central Division, the competition at shooting guard is much easier to defend, but offensively, he will have guys like Paul George and Keith Bogans on his case.
I do not think Fredette should be picked in the top 20. I think he's meant to fall onto a contending team and serve a role off the bench.
Teams like the Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls could definitely use his smooth touch off the bench, but until the defense is proven, he can only be used in small minutes where his made three-pointers outweigh his defensive lapses.
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