Ever since Jimmer Fredette signed with the Chicago Bulls, Bulls fans have been waiting patiently to see him get quality playing time. But so far for the two-year guard, it’s a lot of watching from the bench.
When the Bulls signed Fredette on Mar. 2, it was no surprise that the guard played a meager three minutes of garbage time against the New York Knicks — a role that he was very familiar with when he played for the Sacramento Kings. Thus far, in the small handful of games Fredette has played for the Bulls, he has never topped more than eight minutes of playing time.
However, that could all change now that the postseason is less than a month away. The schedule down the stretch end of the regular season for the Bulls is relatively easy. They play a total of nine teams not expected to make the playoffs, and that is when Fredette will have the opportunity to crack the Bulls’ rotation. His shooting from the outside — combined with his ability to fire up a crowd — is much too important to ignore.
Also, if there are any injuries to Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler or D.J. Augustin, that would open the door for Fredette to establish himself in the lineup. In the 2013 NBA playoffs, Hinrich missed the final eight games of the postseason for Chicago with a bruised left calf injury. And without another adequate point guard on the roster, head coach Tom Thibideau was forced to play Nate Robinson there a majority of the time. Fredette could thrive in that backup role if such an injury were to occur this season.
With the regular season quickly coming to an end, expect Fredette to see some quality action before it’s all said and done.