For the Kings’ Jimmer Fredette, his rookie campaign was comparable to a roller coaster ride, parts of it out of his control. From the lack of training camp to a head coaching change a few games into the season, Fredette was thrown into the fire before he could even lace up his sneakers. Under Keith Smart, Fredette’s minutes were sporadic – sometimes alternating from random starts to not even playing the following game. Needless to say, the BYU product struggled to find any comfort in his rookie season, but that didn’t mean there weren’t flashes of what made Fredette the best college player in the country.
Fredette’s rocky season progressed as the year grew on though, improving steadily month by month, putting up the best numbers of his short career in the seasons final month. Despite the improved play, there were still obvious holes in Jimmer’s game, holes that the former Cougar plans to address this Summer:
Fredette wrote in a recent e-mail interview to poststar.com, “I need to work on pick and roll situations both offensively and defensively, and making sure to keep my dribble alive.” Fredette also has to improve on his shooting – he shot 39 percent from the field — if he hopes to carve out a role in the NBA. His best asset has always been his shooting, but Fredette is used to having the ball in his hands and will have to learn to move without the ball and find open looks against professional defenses.
Now with a full year of NBA experience under his belt along with a Summer to work with the Kings’ coaching staff and a few weeks to spend in the NBA’s Summer League, it’s hard not to think that Fredette will have a much improved sophomore campaign.
The problem with so many young talents is a lack of desire. A lack of want. A lack of care. When it comes to Fredette, you have nothing of the sort. Jimmer continually strives to improve, so while there may be some physical limitations when compared to other players, it’s difficult to match his level of passion to become better.
It should be a dandy of a second season for Fredette and King fans alike.