Jimmer Fredette — unable to get another chance in the NBA, because it hadn’t worked out with the many he had — is now playing for the Shanghai Sharks. Where he should thrive — China is a raw scorer’s league.
And Fredette can be a raw scorer, something he reminded everyone of on Sunday when Yao Ming-owned Shanghai took on the Houston Rockets in a preseason game — he scored 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting, 3-of-8 from three. He added eight assists on the night.
For the handful of people still in the Cult of Jimmer, he could latch on with an NBA team once the Chinese season ends in March (exactly when depends on how the team does in the playoffs).
The Rockets, in their first-ever game for Mike D’Antoni thrived in a defense-free game putting up 72 points in the first half on their way to a 131-94 win. Nene and Ryan Anderson had 12 points each in their Houston debuts.