Jimmer Fredette is getting another shot in the NBA.
The former College Player of the Year, who has never been able to find a home in the NBA, is getting another shot after putting up big numbers in the D-League. This had been expected and Monday the Knicks made it official.
We will see how this goes. Fredette played this season in the D-League with the Knicks affiliate in Westchester, averaging 21.8 points and shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. He was the MVP of the NBA D-League All-Star Game after scoring 35 points. But shooting was never the issue.
For five seasons Fredette struggled to find a spot in the NBA (including last season with the Pelicans, a team at the time desperate for good guard play). The problem isn’t shooting. Early on in his career, the issue was getting Fredette to accept a role and not be the guy with the ball in his hands (he is not an NBA level playmaker). That he may have overcome. However, the biggest challenge was always defense — when he would enter the game teams ran sets to go right at Fredette because he couldn’t stay in front of anyone. He’s not athletic by NBA standards and teams work to exploit him.
Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said he’s not sure how much of a look Fredette will get, and that his time on the court will be predicated on him playing good defense (although the entire Knicks team has struggled with that the past few weeks). Fredette’s shooting got him another chance, but it’s going to take more than that for him to last.