Jimmer Fredette’s career hasn’t taken off like his mesmerizing college days at Brigham Young University. The days of pulling-up from 30 feet off-the-dribble once upon a time are long gone as Fredette’s struggled to find an NBA home since being selected number ten overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. His time with the Chicago Bulls was brief, and Jimmer-mania is no longer (as if it was ever a craze to begin with in Chicago).
The New Orleans Pelicans signed the guard signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. Although Jimmer doesn’t have the green light at the NBA level, he’s shot above 40% from three for his career. Last season, he put up a player efficiency rating of 15.8, and in general his advanced metrics are pretty ridiculous.
New Orleans might be the type of place for Jimmer to focus on what he does best, spot-up and space the floor on a team filled with guys who can make plays with the ball – something Fredette hasn’t shown the ability to do at this point in his career. Jimmer’s never played more than 20 minutes a game in a season, which might be his threshold. In New Orleans, he could finally get that chance to specialize his role, simplifying things for him and grow into an elite shooter role coming off the bench.
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