Everyone remembers Jimmer Fredette for what he did in college with the BYU Cougars when he took the country by storm with his sharpshooting and we were all curious if his skill would translate to the NBA. Well, that question has been somewhat answered through his first three years in the league — not really.
Well, since being drafted No. 10 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, Fredette has averaged about 15 minutes per game in his career to go along with about 7.0 points per game. Those career numbers aren’t very impressive considering he was a lottery pick and the Sacramento Kings are aware of this.
The Kings and Fredette are in the midst of buyout negotiations that would make the third-year point guard a free agent.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the New York Knicks are a team to watch out for in the Jimmer sweepstakes and could add him especially since Raymond Felton has run into legal problems regarding gun possession.
This would be the perfect move for the Knicks as they are looking for a point guard as well as some three-point shooting. While Fredette averages just 5.9 points per game this season with under 12 minutes per contest, he is shooting a devastating 47.5 percent from the field and 49.3 percent from three-point range.
With any luck, the Knicks could make Fredette an overnight sensation like they did with Jeremy Lin at point guard when they had been looking for options at the position, but the biggest knock on the former collegiate superstar is his ability to defend.
Defense or not, the Knicks would be smart to buy low for a guy who is looking to prove himself.
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