Oct 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-90 Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmer Sparks Kings To Preseason Victory Over Suns


In a game full of whistles against a shoddy opponent, Sacramento Kings fans were looking for some kind of spark to make the team’s fourth preseason game entertaining. Enter Jimmer Fredette. After an evenly-played first half, the Kings turned it on in the second half, and Fredette was the ignition. Sacramento’s starting two-guard for the night lit up the scoreboard, excited the home crowd and turned the game into a laugher. The Kings cruised to a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

JIMMER’S PLAY FOR MINUTES – The Kings depth at guard has been evident since the draft, but the emergence of Fredette (32 MIN, 23 PTS, 9-15 FG, 5-7 3FG, 4 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 3 TO) would make things a whole lot cloudier. It’s just one preseason game, but Jimmer torched Phoenix on Thursday, doing most of his damage in an action-packed second half. Fredette looked poised, moved well without the ball, displayed his handles with some fancy dribbling and continued shooting once he found a rhythm. It was everything you want to see from Jimmer. As one of the few remaining Marcus Thornton fans, I’ll say this: Thornton (8 MIN, 1 PT, 0-4 FG), who has had an unimpressive preseason to this point, better step up. Ben McLemore looks ready to play significant minutes and if Fredette keeps shooting like he did Thursday, Coach Malone will have to find playing time for him.

COUSINS DOMINATES AGAIN – It’s easy to point to the poor opponent as a reason for DeMarcus Cousins (27 MIN, 29 PTS, 8-15 FG, 13-18 FT, 9 REB, 3 AST, 6 STL, 1 BLK, 5 TO) again posting a monstrous stat line. But for much of the game, Cousins went up against Marcin Gortat, a quality NBA big. The Suns were physical with Cousins, and at times the Kings big man teetered on the edge of losing his cool. But through it all, Cousins kept his head and treated the game as if it meant something. He took control of the post and went right into the teeth of the Suns defense. It’s a huge positive to see him asserting himself without forcing the issue.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS – Greivis Vasquez (15 MIN, 10 PTS, 3-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 2 AST, 2 STL) started for the second consecutive game and played into the second quarter. The takeaway from Thursday’s game: Vasquez showed a nice shooting stroke and he also played alongside Isaiah Thomas briefly, with Thomas moving to the off-guard spot. It’s a lineup that further exemplifies the Kings versatility … McLemore (13 MIN, 8 PTS, 3-7 FG, 1 REB, 1 STL) struggled from the perimeter but delivered a big highlight in the second quarter with an emphatic dunk on an alley oop. He almost duplicated the feat on the ensuing possession, as he narrowly missed the finish, yet still left the Sacramento crowd buzzing … Hamady Ndiaye (13 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 1 BLK) impressed with his athleticism and insane leaping ability. The seven-footer from Senegal seems primed for a spot on the Kings D-League squad in Reno.

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  • IDK02

    Good TEAM win Kings.
    “Jimmer showcased what he can do tonight … he can shoot it & make plays — he has a high basketball IQ.” – Coach Malone

  • jesperson

    Seriously! Jimmer shouldn’t fight for minutes with any of the Kings guards! Although he was triple teamed in College he would still drop 52pts ( and by the way that was at Pac 12 Arizona most pts Ever scored at AZ) Jimmers best defenders in the NBA has been the Kings themselves! Hope Jimmer gets on a team that allows and trusts him to do his thing. Jimmer don’t re-sign with the Kings go to OKC and win with Durrant and co.

    • Dahojas

      Wrong, sorry. Jimmer scored 52 points against New Mexico in the Mt. Tourney. He scored 49 at the Mckhale center against Arizona, which is, as you pointed out, the standing record.

  • Truth928

    Fredette is the STONE COLD GOODS..” That is easily proved by scores of you tube videos showing Fredette EMBARRASSING NBA defenders from Derrick Rose to Brandon Knight.

    if you took Lebron James and only let him play 14 chopped up minutes a night with a good number of jealous teammates, yanked him after any missed shot or turnover, and hit him with DNP’s after spectacular performances he probably would end up averging 7 to 8 ppg…Like Fredette.

    Kieth “smart” simply ABUSED Fredette for 2 years and anyone who watched would say the same.
    (BTW “smart” also abused Jeremy Lin and refused to let him play an entire season.)

    Fredette electrified arenas all over the country (albeit for only a quarter or less a game as his
    degenerate coach would immediately bench him) against the Kncks, T wolves,
    Spurs, Celtics, Bucks , Lakers, Sixers, Magic, Bulls, Suns etc…. 10, 12 ,15
    points in a quarter with Nash-like assists and dazzling drives around 2 and 3 defenders and deep
    threes…He does it all . A Great penetrator, Great passer and a Great shooter.
    and a team first player it is unbelievable when someone is actually doing
    everything right before their eyes and people still dont believe it….

    If Fredette were allowed to play most of the game he would avg 25 pts , 7 or 8 assists and his team would
    win….
    Last night 23pts, 4 rebounds , 5 assists(should have been 10), %70 SHOOTING FROM 3PT RANGE, 2 more steals and he was obviously the best player on the court for most of the night.

    At one point last year in mid-season Jimmer Fredette was #1 in the NBA in scoring per minute for
    PGs…You think he might have earned a start or 30 minutes of playing
    time…”smarty” hit him with some dnps.

    Last year, Jimmer lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 18 points in just under 11 minutes. Later in the season, he would drop 14 points in just over nine incredible minutes
    against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    In the 2012-13 season, only four players in the league scored 14 or more points while
    playing less than 12 minutes in a game. Jimmer Fredette was the only player in the league to pull
    off the feat twice.

    Let this kid play and he will put up BYU numbers again. GUARANTEED.