Jimmer Fredette Making His Case To Sacramento Kings For More Playing Time

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmer Fredette keeps working at making his claim for a key spot on the Sacramento Kings roster for next season.

He didn’t hurt himself too much, with one exception, in Sunday’s 89-87 NBA loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Kings have been playing good basketball lately despite having to battle just to get to the 30-win mark by the end of the season. They fell to 27-50 with a loss to Memphis and have four games to play.

Fredette is averaging 7.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game from his guard spot in his second NBA season.

But usually when Fredette gets his chance to see some playing time, he handles himself very well.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Fredette’s production level was declining. He improved himself against the Grizzlies with his points total.

Fredette got 15 minutes of action and was 3-of-7 from the floor including 2-of-4 from the three-point arc and and was 5-of-6 in free throw for 13 points.

But he had four turnovers in 15 minutes. That’s a stat that coach Keith Smart doesn’t want to see and could jeopardize Fredette’s chance in the future for more playing time. His 42.2 percent shooting percentage as a guard is up four percentage points from last season. Fredette has had his struggles, but keeps scoring enough points to make the Kings give him a good look.

Fredette has not usually played with a lot of minutes in a single game. Smart should strongly consider playing him a lot late in the season to see how he responds.

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