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Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 5:47 pm
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette's family wants him to join the New York Knicks. Posted by Ben Golliver. jimmer-fredette

Newsflash: The NCAA tournament is about to kick off later this week, which means BYU senior guard Jimmer Fredette, who is currently averaging a ridiculous 28.5 points per game while shooting 45.6% from the field and 40.4% from deep, is about to make the leap from household name to national sensation. 

Fredette, a squeaky-clean sniper, is originally from upstate New York and this excellent profile notes that his family is hoping the local team will take him in the 2011 NBA Draft.
DraftExpress currently predicts Jimmer will go 13th (to the Phoenix Suns) in the 2011 NBA draft, although his stock fluctuates with questions about his size, speed, and defense. What isn't a concern is his endorsement potential: One agent said companies are lining up to use his squeaky-clean image and market his electrifying game and trouble-free persona.
The ideal NBA landing pad for both brothers - basketball for Jimmer, music for T.J. - would be New York.

"We want him to go to the Knicks," T.J. said without hesitation. "That's our team."
Stop me if you've heard this before: A New York native with the ability to fill it up takes a multi-year trip to the shadows of the Rocky Mountains and now wants to make a triumphant return to the Big Apple. It's just like the Carmelo Anthony situation, except without all the bitterness and the need to unload Eddy Curry's contract.

So what of the fit? Certainly, Fredette's quick trigger and lack of defensive aptitude would be right at home under coach Mike D'Antoni. However, both Anthony and forward Amar'e Stoudemire are set to be taking most of the shots for years to come and Chauncey Billups will be spending next season gunning for one final pay day. Put it together, and Fredette would be better off landing with a team that needs to fill a scoring hole more immediately.  

But the biggest problem here is that Fredette won't last until the Knicks get around to picking. Someone in the lottery will take a chance on him given that he's demonsrated the ability to score in volume, especially after his hype train goes crazy once he's the toast of the nation in about a week and a half.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:13 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him


I am only going to say this once:


Thank you.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:17 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

Being a shooter doesn't guarantee you a starting spot in the NBA, regardless of color. It doesn't really help your team if you score 12 a game but give up 16 on the defensive end of the court. JJ Redick is a spot up shooter with limited size and athleticism who is currently shooting under 43% for his career. Why would any team start a guy like that?

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:16 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

He is an excellent player and should be an NBA star.  But, the league is discriminatory when it comes to white athletes.  There was an ESPN special on several months back that had Brent Barry discussing this issue.  JJ Redick should be a starter in the NBA because of his shooting ability and yet, some games he barely gets off the bench in Orlando.  Granted, Van Gundy is not a great coach and like the NBA plays toward potential rather than skill, but again that is the NBA for you.  As a whole, they tended toward athletes and struggled against polished teams in the Olympics until 2 years ago.  But the team they had 2 years ago, was very skilled as well as athletic.  They also had better shooting ability as opposed to a bunch of scorers.  Basketball is a team game and even with a 24 second shot clock, you still need to have different strengths on the floor.  You need playmakers, scorers, shooters, and inside defenders and rebounders who can also score.  As this article points out, NBA draft "experts" question his size, speed and defense.  This is exactly what can keep him off the floor.  And let's face it, a guy that is a very good shooter has to have rhythm and if you are not consistently on the floor, you can't shoot and/or score.  Redick has been mishandled and his shooting ability has suffered.  This could very well happen to Fredette.  We will see

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:15 am

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

I'm sure he'd be a better fit taking his talents to Salt Lake.... Utah has practically adopted him already. Not to mention, it's a revival of a John Stockton-esque persona. Squeeky clean white guy who does his own thing regardless of the face of the league. Perfect fit.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:36 am

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

The haters - i heard all this about Stephon Curry - too short, no defense, just a scorer and he seems to be doing just fine (with a squeaky clean image too no less!)

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:43 am

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

Jimmer plays against better teams than the Eastern haters and doubters think.  With very few exceptions he has played better against strong teams, especially on the road.  Last season he scored 49 points against Arizona, helping his Cougars win by 30, the worst lost the Wildcats had ever experienced.  This year they were better prepared for him, and they held Fredette to 33 as the Cougars won by only 22 points.  At Utah he got a standing ovation from 10,000 Ute fans who usually hate anything to do with BYU after he scored 47 despite being double teamed most of the night.  He also had seven assists, by the way.  Fredette is quick, a fantastic ball handler, a much better than average passer (3rd in career assists in the Mountain West Conference), an amazing long-range shooter, a superb mid-range shooter, excellent at penetrating to the hoop, a good jumper (36 inches), and a winner.  No player in BYU history has been part of more wins than Jimmer.  He plays excellent position defense.  I've watched him carefully this year, and whenever he has had to keep an opponent from going by him, he has been very good at keeping in front of his opponent.  His coach doesn't want him to get into foul trouble, so he usually is not called on to try to stop the better offensive guards that he faces.  Comparisons of Jimmer with Morrison are unfair and are based on racial bias.  If the kid were black, people would say he is fast and a great jumper and highly athletic.  How many 6'2" players jump 36 inches?  How about Ronnie Price on the Utah Jazz or Jaycee Carroll, formerly of Utah State and now the leading scorer in his European league?  But 36 inches is still excellent.  Morrison suffers from diabetes and has lost a great deal of his athletic ability.  Jimmer just keeps getting better.  Right now Jimmer and BYU are in a tough situation.  They got a favorable seeding, but the team has lost its two best big men for the season, so anything short of the Final Four will be a disappointment.  Some are saying that Kemba Walker of Connecticut should be the player of the year over Jimmer because he plays in a stronger conference.  Let's assume that Kemba is surrounded by better players than Jimmer is.  Doesn't that mean it's easier for Kemba to take his guy one on one?  Or to make assists?  Actually, I don't think Connecticut is any better than San Diego State, which BYU beat two out of three teams this season and both times they met last season.  And how did Jimmer do against San Diego State, despite being guarded by future NBA players and often double teamed?  Just fine, thank you. 

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:55 am

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

The Morrison comparison is way off base.  Morrison wasnt a great outside shooter.  If you want to compare him to a current NBA player I would say JJ Redick.  If Jimmer works as hard to improve himself as Redick did, I dont see why he couldnt have a productive career as a solid scorer off the bench.  But New York is probably a terrible fit, the last thing they need is another scorer who plays questionable defense.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:55 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

One agent said companies are lining up to use his squeaky-clean image and market his electrifying game and trouble-free persona.

Yeah, good luck trying to bring that to NBA, without tattoos and piercings he going to get lost the mix.Cool

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:46 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

Not sure why Jimmer gets so much hate. Not sure why people think he won't play defense either. But all you haters just keep hating. Coming from someone who got torched twice a year in high school by him, he will be fine at the next level. Just like coming out of high school, noone gave him a chance except a few teams because noone though he could play defense or score like in high school and we see how that's gone. He will certainly need to find a niche somwehere where he can learn but the fact he is being compared to Morrison is absurd!!! Just wait and see. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:06 pm

Jimmer's family wants the Knicks to draft him

Another Adam Morrison?

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