2011 NBA Mock Draft: Utah Jazz Select Jimmer Fredette with 12th Pick
Weight: 195 lbs.
Comparison: Stephen Curry/Deron Williams
Fredette put up huge numbers in the tournament, but he missed a lot of shots in BYU's loss to Florida.
His critics focus on his 11-of-29 shooting and ignore some good things he showed.
The experts have been telling us all year that Jimmer wouldn't be able to get his own shot off against quicker defenders, but he blew by Florida's Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker whenever he wanted to.
Then he showed the ability to finish over legitimate big men. If only someone on BYU's coaching staff could have compelled him to keep attacking, the result of that game may have been different.
The legitimate question mark on Fredette has to do with defense. I'm not sure if he can guard anyone at the next level, but that's the same thing all the experts said about Steve Nash when he entered the league.
Utah desperately needs shooting and playmaking from the perimeter. They were 20th in the league in three-point percentage and 24th in threes made.
Jimmer could start his career as a combo guard who provides instant offense off the bench for the Jazz. I think he may finish his career as a franchise point guard.
This could very well end up being the steal of the draft.
|1: Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving||16: 76ers – Markieff Morris|
|2: Timberwolves – Enes Kanter||17: Knicks – Josh Selby|
|3: Jazz – Derrick Williams||18: Wizards – Kenneth Faried|
|4: Cavaliers – Jan Vesely||19: Bobcats – Klay Thompson|
|5: Raptors – Brandon Knight||20: Timberwolves – Marshon Brooks|
|6: Wizards – Kawhi Leonard||21: Trail Blazers – Nikola Vucevic|
|7: Kings – Kemba Walker||22: Nuggets – Jordan Williams|
|8: Pistons – Bismack Biyombo||23: Rockets – Chris Singleton|
|9: Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas||24: Thunder – Tyler Honeycutt|
|10: Bucks – Marcus Morris||25: Celtics – Justin Harper|
|11: Warriors – Tristan Thompson||26: Mavericks – Tobias Harris|
|12: Jazz – Jimmer Fredette||27: Nets – Nikola Mirotic|
|13: Suns – Jordan Hamilton||28: Bulls – Nolan Smith|
|14: Rockets – Donatas Motiejunas||29: Spurs – Charles Jenkins|
|15: Pacers – Alec Burks||30: Bulls – Jon Leuer|
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