Now that the Chicago Bulls are primed and ready for the postseason, head coach Tom Thibodeau already has his nine-man rotation set and added one more to the roster on Apr. 7. Former Bull Ronnie Brewer has signed with the team for the rest of the season after being released from the Houston Rockets in late February.
With the roster expanded to 13 players now and with talks of possibly adding point guard Mike James to the Bulls, Jimmer Fredette appears to be the odd man out. From the moment Fredette signed with the Bulls on Mar. 2, fans in Chicago have been dying to see the third-year guard out of Brigham Young get consistent minutes in Thibodeau’s rotation. However, the only playing time Fredette has seen is in garbage time of blowouts.
In fact, Fredette has only appeared in seven games for Chicago and is currently averaging a career-low 2.1 points per game. The most minutes he has played as a Bull came against the San Antonio Spurs on Mar. 11. In that game, Fredette logged eight minutes and scored five points in a 104-96 loss home loss for the Bulls.
Despite losing the game against the Spurs, Fredette was able to lead the team to a late rally in the fourth quarter when the Bulls were down by as many as 32 points in that game. Needless to say, the eight-point loss would’ve been much larger without the contribution of Fredette.
However, with the Bulls roster continuing to expand, it may be even more difficult for Fredette to get meaningful minutes in Thibodeau’s established rotation. The only thing Fredette might be able to hope for at this point is more blowout games.