NBA Draft 2011: Top 5 Teams That Will Be Best Fit for Jimmer Fredette
As we approach the 2011 NBA Draft, everyone is wondering where the NBA's most saintly player will play next year. After having a stellar season at BYU offensively and not playing a lick of defense, Jimmer Fredette needs to go somewhere that has a great offensive-minded coach, and also where he will be getting playing time and be surrounded by great teammates who stay out of trouble.
With that being said, you can guarantee the Washington Wizards will not be on this list.
Here are the top five teams that will be the best fit for the Jimmer.
5. Golden State Warriors
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Living in San Francisco might be a little too extreme for the Jimmer, but the high-powered Warrior offense is a good fit for Fredette.
He doesn't have to play defense here. He can just take shots, walk back and allow two points on the fast break. He also gets the luxury of playing against three very atrocious teams in the Pacific division in the Kings, Clippers and Suns.
The only problem with playing for the Warriors is that they already have a great point guard in Stephen Curry, so Jimmer will have to come off the bench.
4. New York Knicks
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Jimmer believes the Knicks are the best option for him. Mike D'Antoni is an offensive-minded coach, and the Knicks can use a point guard, even if Billups does return. Moving from the mountains of Utah to the City that Never Sleeps is a huge task though.
The media attention in New York City is also microscopic, so they'll be following Jimmer's every move both on and off the court. If he struggles, the media will bash him, and it may be detrimental to his toughness and confidence.
He does have a strong relationship with God that will help fight off the New York critics though.
Critics aside, all Jimmer can do is score, and the Knicks' offense is suitable for a player like him.
3. Houston Rockets
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2. Minnesota Timberwolves
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It may be hard to see Fredette fall as low as the 20th spot in the draft, but if he does, playing in Minnesota will be a great fit.
It's not the flashiest of cities. There isn't a lot of media attention there, and Fredette can probably help that struggling T'Wolves offense. He won't have to play defense because Kevin Love will be doing that for him.
It's true Ricky Rubio signed with the Wolves, but there are a lot of questions with him. What if Rubio turns out to be a bust? The Wolves can alternate between he and Fredette, and see what works best at the position.
1. Utah Jazz
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This is obvious.
Hopefully Jimmer does get drafted by the Jazz at No. 12. He is projected to go around 10-15, so this makes a lot of sense.
Jimmer is a Mormon, and Utah has a huge population of Mormons, so he will easily be a fan favorite; the legend of Jimmer Fredette will essentially continue from BYU to the Utah Jazz.
After Carlos Boozer left, the Jazz are in need of a new star, and Fredette can be that star. His great shooting abilities will help Utah bounce back after a dismal season. They also got several good pieces back from the Deron Williams trade, so Fredette will have a lot of help around him.
The Jazz can probably be a playoff team next season because of that trade.
Fredette's wholesome image will also be a great sell for the Mormon faithful in Utah. This is the best possible destination and one of the more likely places Fredette will end up.