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Kings Draft Profiles: Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette
Guard, 6’2″, 196 lbs.
Senior, Brigham Young University
22 years old
Jimmer Fredette Highlights

10/11 Stats: 28.9 PPG (45.2% FG, 89.4% FT, 39.6% 3-PT), 4.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 3.5 TOPG

Strengths: Absolutely lethal shooter from anywhere inside half court. Near automatic from the FT line. Knows how to create enough space for shots — and he doesn’t need much — with quick dribbles and quality step backs. A better penetrator and distributor than many give him credit for. Big frame that can easily be strengthened, making him a tough cover for most small guards. You have to guard him so tight on the perimeter that the penetration will be available, and he’s smart enough and skilled enough to find the open man. Teams geared their entire defenses toward stopping him and it rarely worked.

Weaknesses: The main knock on Fredette is his defense. I don’t see it as a crushing weakness. He can improve here with some focus and dedication. At 6’2″, he will have to run some point guard, and some question his ability to be a full-time distributor. He forced the ball too much at times, but that could just be a product of being the primary option on his team.

How He’d Fit with the Kings: Jimmer would be a huge weapon off the bench. Pairing him with Tyreke would be ideal — nobody would leave Jimmer open when Tyreke penetrates, creating lots of space for Reke to roam. Put Jimmer and Marcus Thornton on the court and dare teams to guard the perimeter. On defense, Tyreke can defend the SG while Jimmer takes the PG. The only question is, what about Beno and Marcus Thornton? Add Jimmer to the mix and it gets a little crowded. Can Jimmer become a starter like I think Brandon Knight can? I’m not sure.

Approval: Tough one, but for now, no. I really like Jimmer’s game, but I question the fit on our team. He’d be a fun weapon to have, but not sure if that’s our best move. (I should point out that I’ll approve any pick made by Petrie.)

Where He Goes: It’s only gonna take one team to fall in love with his ability. If he works out well, he could rise quickly. Toronto at #5 might be a stretch. Both DraftExpress and NBADraft.net have Jimmer going to the Kings right now. After that, I think Jimmer could work on any other team in the lottery except the Warriors (#11), and I can’t see him sliding past the Knicks at #17.

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