Feb 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) drives to the basket during the second half against New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

NBA Rumors: Jimmer Fredette Worth A Shot?


There is speculation (found here) about Jimmer Fredette signing as a Laker player after his buy out is completed with the Sacramento Kings.  Other teams, such as the Knicks, are interested, but the best fit for Jimmer is under Mike D’Antoni’s system.

Jan 27, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) shoots during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmer Fredette is a shooting guard in a point guard body, similar to Kent Bazemore.  Unlike Bazemore, Fredette compensates with basketball skills, not pure physical skills.  Kent Bazemore has a tremendous 6’11″ wingspan, a dynamite first step, and explosiveness off the dribble to the hoop.  Fredette, on the other hand, has a pure shooter’s touch.  Once he’s in the building, he’s in range to hit the shot.  Whether it is in spot-up situations or off-the-dribble, it takes a glimmer (no pun intended) of daylight to get Fredette going offensively.

Sacramento tried Fredette as a point guard.  As a playmaker, he’s average at best.  Drive and kick situations as well as throwing the pocket pass in pick and roll situations are opportunities for him.  He’s not the type to breakdown a defender with a change-of-direction dribble or lightning speed.  Instead, he’ll opt to shoot over the defender with the given space he has and nail the shot.

While Steve Blake’s absence is a huge loss for the Laker team in terms of leadership and locker room presence, as well as great two-way play, the Lakers can continue to audition for players for upcoming seasons.  Playing time opened for Steve Nash, Kendall Marshall, and Jordan Farmar in Steve Blake’s absence, but none of them could switched to the shooting guard position like Blake could.  Fredette could handle that position easily.

The Lakers would have plenty of guards to rotate between Steve Nash, Kendall Marshall, Jordan Farmar, MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, and Jimmer Fredette, but only one of those players is truly a knock out shooter who is healthy enough to play every game.  Marshall is a reluctant 3-point shooter.  Farmar is streaky.  Brooks and Bazemore like to attack the basket.

Mike D’Antoni will have plenty of opportunities to run small lineups, especially playing Young, Brooks, Meeks, and possibly Bazemore at the small forward position.

Stranger things have happened.  It wouldn’t hurt to have a microwave shooter off the bench.

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  • J Taylor

    Why not?
    Sign him and retain his bird rights. He’s 25 and should get better.

    At best he resigns in the summer, he replaces Meeks and becomes the team’s go-to 3-point guy.
    At worst, he walks in free agency.

    The team is pretty full at the offensive scoring option (Kobe,Young, Bazemore) but it doesn’t hurt to line em up 4-deep in training camp and let the talent settle the depth chart.

    • Mike Garcia

      Agreed. Considering the shot selection of the Laker team, why not have a guy that kills it behind the arc?

    • Daryl Peek

      I say why not but who would the team waive or buy out? There’s no free roster spot right now. I like Meeks better but it looks like he’ll be a cap causality. Likely why the Blake trade was made.

  • Conor Cahill

    No way. he’s not getting any better. the guy cant do anything except catch and shoot. now, if the NBA does add that 4-point shot, Jimmer would serve a purpose. There would be a whole new position of guys who cant do anything but stand there and shoot off the pass. IMO Jimmer is a waste for anyone who doesnt JUST need a pure shooter available off the bench (like memphis).