NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette and the Draft's Best Jump Shooters

Joe PetruloCorrespondent IIIJune 7, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette and the Draft's Best Jump Shooters

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars shoots against Jamal Fenton #13 of the New Mexico Lobos during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center
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    Jimmer Fredette has the most identifiable jump shot in the draft.

    However, he is not the only player that can drain jumpers on a consistent basis.

    This draft is filled with shooters, from big men to point guards.

    There is an unusual amount of unique big men that can stretch out defenses by making outside shots.

    Point guards with shooting ability dominate this draft class. It is rare to have point guard prospects that are known for their shooting.

    Let's take a look at some of the best shooters in this year's class.

Justin Harper, PF, Richmond

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    Some may say Justin Harper had a fluke year in his senior season at Richmond.

    He averaged no more than 10.6 PPG in his first three years as a Spider.

    Last season, he averaged 17.9 PPG and had career high shooting percentages in all three major categories.

    He shot 79.7 percent from the free throw line, 53.4 percent from the field, and 44.8 percent from the three-point line.

    Others call it hard work. Harper improved his numbers every single year, and is now projected as a late first-round pick.

    Harper is valuable because he is a big man that can hit threes.

    Teams will view him as one of the best big man shooters in this year's draft class.

Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers attempts a shot against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind
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    The Wisconsin Badgers seem to always produce big men that can shoot.

    In fact, their entire team can usually shoot from the outside, and this year was no different.

    Leuer is another big man in this draft that can pull his defender out to the three-point line. 

    As a senior, Leuer shot 47 percent from the field, 84.3 percent from the free throw line, and 37 percent from three-point range.

    These numbers were not even the best of his career.

    Leuer could be a nice role-player in the NBA similar to a Matt Bonner or a poor man's Brandon Bass.

    The main reason is his ability to shoot.

Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars shoots over Darnell Gant #44 of the Washington Huskies in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on Ma
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    Klay Thompson is not only one of the best jump shooters in this year's draft; he is also one of the best pure scorers. 

    As a junior last season at Washington State, he averaged 21.6 PPG. He shot a career-high 43.6 percent from the field. He also shot 83.8 percent from the free-throw line and 39.8 percent from the three-point line. 

    His most efficient season may have been his freshman year when he shot 90.3 percent from the free throw line and 41.7 percent from three-point range.

    Thompson will find a home in the NBA. If it is not as a featured scorer, it will be as a jump shooter off the bench.

Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the winning shot to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark,
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    Everyone remembers the pull-up jumper that Brandon Knight drained in the final seconds of Kentucky's battle with Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.

    Knight is not given enough credit for his shooting ability.

    Despite a tough start to the season, he ended with averages of 42.3 percent from the field, 79.5 percent from the free-throw line, and 37.7 percent from the three-point line.

    Knight is one of the best clutch shooters in the draft. He proved it in the NCAA Tournament with two game-winning shots.

    He will most likely be a top-five pick in the upcoming draft.

    The team that takes him will be getting one of the best pure jump shooters in the draft. 

Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies shoots a free throw while taking on the Kentucky Wildcats during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011
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    Kemba Walker was the second-biggest sensation in college basketball last year.

    He was a lights-out scorer that carried his team throughout the season. 

    Walker is very good at slashing to the rim and finishing, or drawing a foul and knocking down free throws at an 81.9 percent clip.

    He only shot 33.0 percent from three-point range, but this was not a strength in his game. 

    Walker's strength as a shooter is in the mid-range game, and he may be the best shooter in the draft from this area on the court.

    In the NBA, he will kill defenses in the pick and roll game because he will make the jumper when defenses do not hedge out far enough.

Andrew Goudelock, PG/SG, Charleston

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    Andrew Goudelock spent his career at Charleston shooting the lights out.

    As a freshman he shot 42.2 percent from three-point range, and followed up that campaign with an astounding 44.0 percent average in 31.1 MPG.

    In his senior season, Goudelock averaged 23.7 PPG, 3.9 REB, and 4.2 AST while shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range.

    He blew scouts away at the NBA Draft Combine in the shooting drills.

    In the 15 to 18 foot timed shot off the dribble drill, he made an amazing 21 shots on 21 attempts.

    He may be the best pure shooter from deep in the draft, and could be a steal in the second round.

Jimmer Fredette PG, BYU

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars shoots a jump shot during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Cen
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    Jimmer Fredette has proven that he is better at getting in the lane and making things happen than most people give him credit for.

    Still, his jumper is how he will make a living in the NBA.

    His perfect balance and the height he gets on his jump shot is truly a thing of beauty.

    Fredette shot 39.6 percent last season. That number may not look all that impressive. The amazing thing about that number is that he kept it that high while attempting 313 three-point shots throughout the season.

    He shot almost nine three-pointers per game, and still made 39.6 percent of them.

    Usually, shooting percentages drop when a player has to shoot that many times.

    If that is the case for Fredette, his numbers will only get better in the NBA when he does not have to single-handedly carry his team.

    That's scary.