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Jimmer Fredette
Jimmer Fredette
Position: G
Born: 02/25/89
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Pelicans are not going to re-sign backup point guard Nate Wolters for the remainder of the season with his second, 10-day contract expiring on Tuesday, a league source confirmed. Wolters’ departure could result in more minutes for backup guard Jimmer Fredette, who emerged off the bench in the Pelicans’ resounding 115-100 victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
“I don’t see him as a call-up. A guy like Jimmer Fredette can get his own shot off the bounce a little better. Jimmer also plays the pick-and-roll a little bit. The real comparison is Troy Daniels, from last year. He played at Rio Grande, which also played that kind of fast pace. His numbers were inflated. The difference is Troy is a legit 6-4, 6-5. This guy is just too small.”
Fredette had a DNP-coach’s decision against the Clippers and garbage minutes in the final 80 seconds of Sunday night’s 104-87 win over the Lakers. Had Fredette, who played well during the exhibition season, both on and off the ball, lived up to his reputation as a scorer, his future in New Orleans might be more secure. And there are those in the Fredette fan club (their global number is legion) who will say he hasn’t gotten sufficient opportunity having played in only 11 games. But 8 of 32 from the field, 1 of 8 from the 3-point line, seals his fate.
Fredette hoped to see more time in New Orleans this year but acknowledged before the game that it’s “definitely tough’’ not seeing more minutes. “As a competitor, you want to be out there on the floor,’’ Fredette said. “But ultimately it’s the coach’s decision. I hope I can get an opportunity just because I want to be out there playing. I just want to help the team as best as I can. But we’ll see what happens.”
Fredette, who was acquired by the Pelicans as a free agent this summer, is still waiting for an opportunity to draw consistent minutes as a backup. He returned to Utah for Saturday night’s game against the Jazz hoping to get in his first game action since last week’s victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. ”It’s definitely tough,’’ said Fredette, who is averaging 2.8 points after six games. ”As a competitor you want to be out there on the floor and play. But ultimately that’s coaches decision.”
Nick Calathes did not respond to Panathinaikos offer ($6.5 million in three years) and the Greek powerhouse is now targeting Jimmer Fredette, according to Sport24. The American guard started his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings who selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. During the season Fredette moved to Chicago Bulls after being waived by the Kings.
An NBA executive who sat next to then-GM Geoff Petrie while they scouted Fredette sensed that Petrie, also a lottery pick and former long-range marksman, saw some of himself in Jimmer. “That, along with the desire to land the next great white American player and the millions that would be worth at the gate, is pretty powerful,” the executive said. “Foreign players just don’t connect to your fanbase in quite the same way.”
A second scout is confident Fredette, freed of being a franchise-saving point guard, will find his place as a shooting specialist for the Bulls, citing the success Ben Gordon and Kyle Korver have had in coach Tom Thibodeau’s ball-movement-heavy system. The challenge will be for Fredette to embrace the role. “I would expect he and the Bulls already have had that conversation,” the scout said. The other test will be whether he can defend well enough that Thibodeau will keep him on the floor and then be an efficient shooter. “Is he the caliber of shooter who can make an impact with only seven or eight shots?” one Eastern Conference executive wondered. “At BYU, that was his warm-up. He knew 20 more were coming.”
Playing for the Knicks “would’ve been a lot of fun,” said Jimmer Fredette, but the Glens Falls product was passed over by his hometown squad. Instead, the Knicks inked Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10-day contracts, while Fredette signed with the Bulls. “It’s not necessarily disappointing. It is what it is. It’s a business,” Fredette said before Chicago played in Brooklyn on Monday. “They’re going to make the best decision for what they feel is best for their team. So I can’t really worry about it too much… It could’ve been fun because I’m from New York. But I’m not worried about it right now.”
Mike Woodson said before the game the Knicks weren’t willing to wait on the Glens Falls sharpshooter, who became a free agent when he was released by the Kings last week, and instead signed Shannon Brown and Earl Clark with their open roster spots. “We already made our moves with Shannon and Earl,’’ Woodson said. “Then [Jimmer] got released right after we made our moves. There really was no considerations there.’’