Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings just aren’t seeing eye-to-eye right now. After a tremendous senior season at BYU where he averaged 28.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists, he found himself buried at the end of the rotation for the Kings.
Take a look at his rookie season stats:
If there’s one thing that we learned about Fredette in college, it’s that he needs to put up shots early and often to get into a rhythm. He’s not the kind of player that can come off the bench hot and provide instant offense.
He went from taking over 20 shots per game (in 35.8 minutes) at BYU to taking just 14.1 shots per-36 minutes in the NBA. Then, the Kings brass want to know why he didn’t show the offensive gifts he did in college.
I completely understand that the NBA isn’t the same as BYU. When Fredette was in college, he was given the green light on every possession. The NBA isn’t that type of game unless you’re a superstar on a team without other superstars.
Here’s the thing – Fredette can really score. But, they need to unleash him. If that means trading him to a team (Charlotte, perhaps?) that needs offense and will allow him to be who he is, then so be it.
If that means sticking with the Kings and becoming a sixth-man for them, that works too.
Either way, the Kings need to do what’s best for them and for him. Either up his minutes and allow him to shoot at will or trade him to a team that will.