While the Chicago Bulls are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference right now, it must be acknowledged that they are doing this at the expense of a strong offense (currently ranked 30th in the NBA). One of the steps the Bulls’ front office has taken to rectify this situation was the signing of sharpshooter free agent Jimmer Fredette.
But since his acquisition, Fredette has, well, barely done anything. Since his signing on Mar. 2, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound marksman has appeared in only two games. Of course it would have been foolish to expect to see him play serious minutes right out of the gate, but a little extra playing-time wouldn’t be out of question.
The argument against using Fredette right now is understandable, if a tad bit self-defeating. He needs to get a better understanding of coach Tom Thibodeau‘s game plan before he’s given serious minutes on the floor. It’s a bit of a Catch-22, but it’s possible to see what Thibodeau is going for. The only worrying thing is Fredette’s former squad, the Sacramento Kings, also lacked in giving him serious minutes for the three years he played with them. Hopefully history does not repeat itself.
Statistically, Fredette’s offensive numbers this year are impressive. For the 2013-14 season, Fredette is averaging 5.7 points and 1.4 assists on 11.3 minutes per game.
The best case scenario is to see Fredette have a strong understanding of the Bulls by the time the NBA Playoffs roll around this April. The Bulls will definitely need his offensive skills for a successful push in the playoffs.
If Fredette is Chicago’s supposed offensive messiah, then hopefully the ball gets rolling to what he is capable of. Here’s to hoping that Fredette is given some playing time in tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Garbage minutes would suffice; just let him prove his game.