Jimmer Fredette is one of the must-watch players in the NCAA tournament. Maybe the must-watch player. We can get into how he will fit in the NBA, but he is a special college player who is averaging 28.5 points per game and is hitting 40.4% from three. And all that while he uses a ridiculous 36.1 percent of his teams possessions and defenses are focused on him.
He’s going to get drafted into the NBA. Where he falls remains a question (DraftExpress expects him to go 17th right now) but his brother T.J. (a Mormon rapper) told Kate Fagen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via CBS Eye on Basketball) they want him to be a Knick (read the entire profile, it’s fantastic).
“We want him to go to the Knicks,” T.J. says without hesitation. “That’s our team.”
In NYC, Jimmer could learn under veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, play in coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-and-down system, and live in a city close to home (in upstate New York).
Fredette can shoot the rock and he needs to be in a system where everybody has a green light in transition and when open. The Knicks fit that, as do the Suns and other teams. But he needs to be up-tempo. Put him on the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics or Hawks and he will struggle to fit in.
So for his sake, maybe New York is the spot. Although the reaction the first time he takes a shot away from ‘Melo as a rookie will be entertaining.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.
I originally favored allowing Hack-a-Shaq as the NBA currently does. I found the strategy fascinated – why and when teams would use it and how their opponents would counter.
But it just became too common. Far too many games featured a parade of trips to the line, a boring stretch that made games too long. I thought the intrigue had run its course.
Then, Chris Paul pulled this move last night.
The Clippers guard saw Jonas Jerebko charging toward DeAndre Jordan to commit an intentional foul, so Paul stepped in front of an unsuspecting Jerebko and took the foul himself. That’s sent a good free-throw shooter to the line instead of the dismal Jordan.
Just an awesome heady play by Paul.