It seems like it’s been forever since Jimmer Fredette was the toast of the basketball world, but in reality, it was just two short years ago that Fredette was piling up accolades at BYU. Fredette was a one-man show at BYU, and when he got hot people were glued to their TV screens. These days, however, the only thing hot is Fredette’s seat on the bench.
When he was selected 10th overall in the 2011 NBA draft, Fredette was expected to help lead the Sacramento Kings through their constant rebuilding process. Instead, his lack of true point guard skills, as well as his defensive deficiencies prevented him from earning a spot in then-coach Keith Smart‘s regular rotation.
In his second year, his minutes decreased even more with the emergence of fellow 2011 draftee Isaiah Thomas. This season, Fredette is merely an afterthought, having played in just 8 of the team’s 20 games thus far. Fredette is one of many players that could benefit from a fresh start, and the Golden State Warriors could provide just that.
Through the Warriors first 23 games, one thing is clearly lacking, and that is bench scoring. Last season, veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry anchored the second unit, and were both effective offensively. This season’s top bench scorer, Jermaine O’Neal, is averaging just over 6 points per game. Throughout his career, Fredette has proven one thing: he can score.
With Fredette being an expiring contract, he would be a relatively low risk financially. A deal involving perhaps fan favorite Kent Bazemore would be intriguing. While Bazemore has won over the hearts of fans and teammates with his enthusiasm, he hasn’t shown nearly enough improvement or consistency this season to win regular minutes.
JJ Redick stated that it was the tough love Stan Van Gundy gave him with the Orlando Magic that forced him to become a more complete player. Redick went from a one-dimensional shooter to a competent enough defender to be starting for another defensive coach, Doc Rivers, with the Los Angeles Clippers. Having already improved notoriously inept defenders David Lee and Stephen Curry, Mark Jackson could be just the man to resurrect Fredette’s flatlining career.