2011 NBA Draft: Kings’ Trade Gamble Works out by Getting Jimmer Fredette
Jimmer Fredette drops into a freshly vacant position as the Sacramento Kings’ new point guard.
The Kings gambled by trading Beno Udrih and moving down three spots in the top 10.
One of their biggest needs was to get a point guard to keep Tyreke Evans off the ball, and mock projections alternated between Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker going to Sacramento to fill that void.
Sacramento didn’t cringe when Walker was picked ninth by Charlotte, because they liked Jimmer Fredette from the beginning and knew he was still available to them at 10. While not a true point guard, Jimmer will enter a situation crowded with young players who will gravitate toward a fast pace, which suits his talents appropriately.
The Kings don’t have a strong distributor, but if he and Evans can strike the delicate balance of ball handling alternately, the Kings could have a surprisingly high-octane offense next season.
Fredette isn’t the best fit for the Kings, but he does make them better at a place of need.
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