Should Miami Heat Look Into Jimmer Fredette?

Jimmer Fredette

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Going into the fourth season of the “Three Kings” era of Miami Heat basketball, they have been to the NBA Finals every year and have won two rings.

The majority of their roster is coming back from last year with the exception of Juwan Howard and Mike Miller. They have filled the role of the suit-wearing 15th guy on the team that Howard had the last three years with former no. 1 overall pick Greg Oden.

With less than two months before the season starts, they still have to fill the role of the part-time sharpshooter off the bench that Miller had the last three years.

One interesting name that may be available is Jimmer Fredette of the Sacramento Kings. Although the Kings traded Tyreke Evans away, it wasn’t to make space for Fredette in the rotation.

They drafted Ben McLemore in the first round and plan on making him the starting shooting guard when the season starts. They have Marcus Thornton coming off the bench and he has been a more consistent scorer off the bench than Jimmer has, which may make him expendable.

A player Jimmer is often compared to is J.J. Redick, who was considered a bust after his first few years just like Fredette is. If you look at his first three years in the league, Redick averaged 6.0 points per game twice and 4.1 points per game once until he figured something out.

He realized he could no longer be the best player on the court and he stopped trying to be. All he had to do was be the best shooter on the court, which is something that comes naturally.

Jimmer has better averages through his first two years with 7.6 and 7.2 point per game averages. He has fallen out of favor in Sacramento because he has been an inconsistent scorer and is a terrible defender, but playing for a team like Miami can help him get to the status that J.J. Redick has.

Playing a minor role and having three superstars on his team will allow him to find a niche on a championship contending team. He wouldn’t be relied on to help them win a title, but he can be developed and come off the bench when needed to provide a spark during games where they rest Dwyane Wade, or when Shane Battier and Ray Allen have an off night.

It would make complete sense to look into it and acquire him if Sacramento is selling low.

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  • Brady

    Yes! Yes! Yes! The day Mike Miller was let go I have been saying this. He was let go because of money and why not bring in a guy who can shoot the 3 just as well for a lot less $$$. One thing that I don’t agree with, that is often written about Jimmer, is that ‘his scoring is inconsistent’. The only thing inconsistent about Jimmer’s game is the playing time he was given by coach Smart. The guy can play. Yes his defense needs some work, but was anyone on the King’s roster any better? Also, Ray Allen may not have too many years left so Jimmer may be a good player to have when Allen retires. Why not let a great three-point shooter be mentored by the best three point-shooter!

  • Truth928

    Video tape does not lie…. Go to
    you tube and watch —
    this dude is the stone cold goods…
    Fredette electrified arenas all over the country (albeit for only a quarter or less a game as his degenerate coach would immediately bench him) against the Kncks, T wolves,
    Spurs, Celtics, Bucks , Lakers, Sixers, Magic, Bulls, Suns etc…. 10, 12 ,15
    points in a quarter with Nash-like assists and dazzling drives around 2 and 3 defenders and deep threes…He does it all . A Great penetrator, Great passer and a Great
    shooter and a team first player=== it is unbelievable when someone is actually
    doing everything right before their eyes and people still dont believe it….

    If Fredette were allowed to play most of the game and keep his rhythm – he would avg 25 pts , 7 or 8 assists and his team would win….He also would have a few BYU nights with 40 and 50 points…SOMEBODY is gonna figure that out….
    AT one point in mid-season Jimmer Fredette was #1 in the NBA in scoring per minute for
    PGs…You think he might have earned a start or 30 minutes of playing

    time…”smart” hit him with some dnps

    Last year,Jimmer lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 18 points in just under 11 minutes. Later in the season, he would drop 14 points ( including an intentionally missed free throw)in just over nine incredible minutes
    against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    In the 2012-13 season, only four players in the league scored 14 or more points while
    playing less than 12 minutes in a game. Jimmer Fredette was the only player in
    the league to pull off the feat twice.