Chicago Bulls’ Jimmer Fredette Will Shine In Playoffs

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With the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly coming to a grinding halt, seldom-used Chicago Bulls guard Jimmer Fredette finally got his chance to produce in head coach Tom Thibideau‘s rotation. On Apr. 14, the Bulls were without the services of backup point guard D.J. Augustin and needed someone to fill his role off of the bench. Fredette filled that void without a hitch.

Fredette, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of BYU, scored 17 points, three rebounds, and had two assists in 30 minutes of play against the struggling Orlando Magic. The Bulls played off of Fredette’s energy due to his high-volume scoring and play-making ability. He also played a majority of his minutes in the second-half of the Bulls 108-95 win. Fredette’s stellar outing could only mean a spot in Thibideau’s rotation during the playoffs.

With the Bulls projected to play the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, Fredette could be an X-Factor for the team similar to Nate Robinson during the entire 2012-13 season and into the playoffs. Robinson was the difference maker for the Bulls when they faced the Nets in last year’s postseason. It was his energy, outside shooting, and quickness to the rim that made such an impact —all qualities that Fredette possesses.

It will be interesing to see how Thibideau inserts Fredette into the rotation now that the guard has proven himself with solid minutes for the Bulls. If not, it is good to know that the Bulls have a reliable gem if Augustin or Kirk Hinrich go down.

Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @WJac1

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  • caljac

    Jimmer is the X factor. His outside shooting will open things up for Noah down low if Coach T gives him a chance. Not to mention the fans love Jimmer, The energy level of the crowd definately goes up when Jimmer has the ball and is hitting shots or driving to the hoop!

    • Leroy Boyd

      Jimmer is no more an X factor as is Nazr Mohammed. Jimmer is a big liability he really has to work on his ball handling skills I saw the Magic put extensive pressure on him and he showed no great ability if its against Wall, DWill, Chalmers, Stephenson or any point guard with speed.
      I don’t know how many Bull games you have attended but the Bull fans really have great love for all its players not just a newly acquired Jimmer. Just for your information hjow much did they love Nate?

      • caljac

        Leroy, according to you, the NBA must be a league of patsies if a “liability” can come in after virtually no playing time in the league and score 17 points, get 3 rebounds and have 2 assists in a little more than a half! If Jimmer weren’t such a “liability”, he may be the next MJ. A team that’s last in scoring can use a few more “liabilities” like Jimmer!

        Fortunately the world’s big and positive enough even for haters.

        • Leroy Boyd

          Cougs
          Apparently you must be a BYU fan. Your defense of Jimmer is full of sh*t. If Jimmer was so valuable he would have gotten more minutes and not sent on his way from a team that has bern lottery bound for years.

          You think because Jimmer comes in against the magic another team that has been swimming in the bottom of the NBA and think that what he did against them warrents all this expectation that he will be the factor in the NBA play offs for the Bulls is crazy.

          For you to even mention Jimmer in the same sentence with MJ you should be sent to your room and no dinner for the next year. I can assue you that you will see more time in the play offs than Jimmer. If DJ was not excused you would not even have seen Jimmer.

          For your information I am not a jimmer hater I just know what he did against the magic wont impact his playing time in the Bulls rotation.

          • caljac

            Leroy, you may be right or you may be full of sh*t. Time will either promote Jimmer as a fan favorite, or reveal him as the “liability” you say he is. We’ll see…

          • Leroy Boyd

            Cougs
            Promote Jimmer as a fan favorite in Chicago man please everybody that plays for the Bulls is a fan favorite. But you actually think jimmer is going to past Rose Butler Noah and Gibson? No way do you recall how big a favorite Nate was? That is because he got big minutes their is no way Jimmer is going to get minutes at the point guard position in front of Kirk and DJ unless they are injured. If you have to depend on an injury for Jimmer to get minutes you are his fan not the Bulls.
            For your information I think if jimmer is going to get a chance to become a factor it will be next pre season.

            Also I dont think you know much about the Bulls to think Jimmer will get minutes Thibs does not change his rotation if there are no injuries. So there is hope for your
            Boy next season.

          • Lonestar99

            Suspend your “Strawman” arguments.
            Me thinks you protest too much!

          • Leroy Boyd

            Like I care what you think I do this is a debate about a player and if you dint like what I say about a player either defend your point or keep your fingers from pressing illogical thoughts because I express my opinion.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Lonestar
            You call me a bigot because I disagree with Cougs about Jimmer? Man I believe without a doubt that you need to look at yourself in the mirror and see the real bigot. I cant believe that you would even suggest that I am a bigot because I dont think jimmer is that great of NBA player. What a nitwit statement

          • chad wiggins

            I DONT THINK UR A NITWIT, OR A BIGOT.. BUT WHEN A KID STEPS IN AND PLAYS GREAT IN HIS ONE SHOT, AND U CAN ONLY SEEM TO RIP HIM, I DO WONDER WHY SUCH A STRONG STANCE…. HE HAS DEF DONE ENOUGH TO AT LEAST HAVE FANS HOPEFUL… BRINGING UP SACRAMENTO IS A BOGUS ARGUMENT… THE KID NEVER HAD A SHOT THEIR… HE IS FINALLY WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE…. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT HE WILL BE BIG IN THE BULLS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE… THIBS LOVES THIS KID… ADD TO THAT THE NOTICEABLE IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSE AND I THINK ITS A NO BRAINER THAT HE’S GONNA BE A BULL FOR A WHILE. THIBS IS EASING HIM IN…

          • Leroy Boyd

            @Chad
            Thibs easing someone in? Apparently you must have just started watching the Bulls Thibs does not give players who are acquired late in the season any minutes at all and Jimmer wont be any different. Jimmer big in Bulls plans that will something to see. Take this fir instance Rose comes back they resign DJ and Kirk where will jimmer get minutes? Playing great against the magic team is nothing to brag about but if you are going to compare his play I think you should use the knick game where he went off for 24. Yet I think Jimmer is a great shooter but I dont think he has a big impact on the Bulls this season maybe next season he might but as I stated if the resign kirk and DJ where will he get minutes?

          • Lonestar99

            The coaches disagree with you.
            You’re biased…admit it.
            You got nothin’!

          • Leroy Boyd

            What coaches are you talking about? Where are you going with this? Because I disagree about Jimmer I got nothing man please. A meaningless game yesterday and the only time jimmer got off the bench was a time out. I know jimmer won’t get minutes or time in the playoffs is because Thibs only changes his rotation because of injuries and no matter how you feel about jimmer or I still wont get him on the floor

          • Truth928

            Leroy…You really have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to Fredette… In time you will see just how foolish you sound.

          • Leroy Boyd

            In time please ok how much time are we talking about? How long has he been in the NBA? Do you think he will ever be a starter? When Rose comes back they resign DJ and Kirk will he even make this team?

  • Leroy Boyd

    @Wally
    Jimmer is nothing like Nate no where near yhe athlete nor physical player as Nate I think Jimmer is a better shooter but Nate a better player all around. Nither is big enough to gusrd anybody and Jimmer does not have enough speed to stay in front of the point guards he will have to defend in the PO’s.

    Apparrntly you think that one game will get him some game time? Please Kirk, and DJ both will have to go down before jimmer gets minutes in the PO’s. Thibs has never changed his rotation and knowing Thibs 2-3 injuries has to occur for jimmer getting minutes.

    • chad wiggins

      WELL SINCE HE ONLY HAD ONE OUTING AS A BULL WHERE HE PLAYED SIGNIFICANT MINUTES; THATS KIND OF WHAT HE HAS TO GO ON…. IF U WANT TO LOOK AT THE SEASON, THEN FREDETTES SHOOTING NUMBERS SURELY SHINE…. 46% FROM THE FLOOR, 48% FROM THREE, AND 90 FROM THE LINE… NOT EXACTLY SHABBY… ALSO, FREDETTE HAS COME UP HUGE IN THE PLUS MINUS DEPARTMENT ALL YEAR… NOT THAT ANY ONE EVER NOTICES… AGAINST ORLANDO, HE LED THE BULLS WITH A +18… FREDETTE HAS THE ABILITY TO GET IN REDICULOUS ZONE, JUST LIKE NATE DID, IF GIVEN FIRST MIN, AND SEC AN ON THE BALL SCREEN…. DONT SELL HIM SHORT… NOT WHEN HIS PLAY DOESNT COINCIDE WITH WHAT UR SAYING… EVEN HIS DEFENSE LOOKED SOLID AGAINST ORLANDO… ITS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN U HAVE THE TRUST OF UR TEAMMATES… FREDETTE AT BYU WAS A ONE MAN WRECKING MACHINE… SPANKING SQUADS LIKE GONZAGA, FLORIDA, UCLA, ARIZONA 49 POINTS, SAN DIEGO STATE WHEN THEY WERE #5 TWICE 43 POINTS IN ONE GAME, GONZAGA, ETC. ( TEAMS THAT BYU NEVER BEAT) HE HAD BYU #4 IN THE COUNTRY THE FINAL WEEK OF THE REG SEASON, AND WAS A OVERTIME LOSS TO FLORIDA AWAY FROM THE ELITE 8… HE LED THE NATION IN SCORING AND WON EVERY NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD.. SO DONT ACT LIKE ITS GOSPEL THAT NATE IS A BETTER ALL AROUND PLAYER THAN FREDETTE, JUST BECAUSE HE LACKS A LITTLE OF NATES ATHLETICISM.. FREDETTE IS ONLY IN NEED OF CONSISTENT MIN… IF HE GETS THOSE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO….

      • Leroy Boyd

        All caps does that mean you are hollering? I saw Jimmer at BYU he was a monster all his stats I know about, but he is in the NBA now so all that college stuff means absolutely nothing now.he get a few minutes against a lottery bound team and I am suppose to think this is the missing piece to. The Bulls ability to win the NBA title. Jimmer is a great shooter thats it all this past stuff does not matter its now that matter. I dont think he is a great ball handler that showed in the magic gane when pressure on him showed that.

        Now lets wait until next season to see if Jimmer will impact the Bulls because I dont think he will during these play offs

    • Truth928

      Fredette (47% FG 48% 3pt) is a far better player than Nate (42%fg 36% 3pt) AND way more consistent..You do not know what you are talking about…
      Fredette was 2nd in his NBA combine in Lane Agility Speed ..faster than B Knight and Kemba Walker.Would you call them “slow?”…. Thats a fair question isn’t it?
      Is Fredette faster than Hinrich and Augustine? I think so ..I saw Fredette scorch Augustine when he was with the Kings…DJ could not guard him ..thats not a knock on DJ but he had no chance….. but no NBA player can guard Fredette. NONE. Can anyone guard a red hot Jimmer Fredette?………… The answer is NO.

      • Leroy Boyd

        Truth
        Nobody can guardian jimmer in the NBA man please what are you putting In your milk? Secondly to state that jimmer is fast or faster than anybody In the NBA. you are wasting my time

        • Truth928

          Ha ha ha …DO you think the guys at the combine Lied about his speed?

          Watch this and see if you change your mind its on you tube

          “Fredette Offensive Highlights Kings” watch him blow past ALL NBA defenders,

          also watch him scorch the Knicks for 24 pts in 27 min. last month

          I dont drink milk…

          • Leroy Boyd

            The combine how many of those nitwits have been right about players? I trust the people from the combine like I would some crack head telling me that they could jump off the top of the Willis tower without a parachute and live.

            I have seen jimmer play and you mention the knicks man please they play about as much defense as kids in the Y league ttying to guard a grown NBA player.

            Ok you can harp all you want about jimmer the only time you will see him in this play off if Kirk DJ and Mike James all get hurt and cant play.

          • Truth928

            what teams are good defensively..Lets see ..The Bulls, The Spurs, The Heat, the Thunder? You tell me…. then go watch the video and see Fredette Embarrass all of em..
            “fredette offensive highlights” on You Tube

          • Leroy Boyd

            928
            Man let it go I am not going to YouTube to see 5 minute high lites of Jimmer. Refer to me when he is a starter and not some late game player, or someone getting minutes when someone gets injury.

  • Truth928

    Fredette is the Stone Cold Goods….Could have a HOF career as he is a Great Passer, Gets to the rim with ease, has a Genius basketball IQ and shoots it better than anyone on the planet…from Anywhere… Add to these facts that he is Constantly improving and has a work ethic second to none. Also the fact that he is a big time clutch player that THRIVES under pressure. Remember this dude AVERAGED 40 + points against ranked opponents filled with NBA talent Arizona, UNLV, Florida, Utah, SDSU, Gonzaga etc,,,,,AND his new professional teammates
    Love playing with him… This kid was ABUSED in Sacdemento by 2 of the worst coaches in NBA history “smart” and malone…Give him minutes and he becomes an All Star. Thibs is an Excellent coach but he MUST get Fredette in the rotation if the Bulls are getting anywhere in the playoffs. WIth Fredette in the lineup the team becomes Very hard to defend.

    • Leroy Boyd

      928
      Please let the college days go he is in the NBA and what he did in college wont do anything for him now. I see you are a true fan of Jimmer so trying to get you to see the other side wont happen. You mention hall of fame please, you mention the best shooter on the planet, better than Durant, Korver or Mike Miller? I have to wonder are you Jimmer or a member of his family. As for Jimmer getting play off minutes only if Kirk, DJ and Mike James all cant walk. The only time Jimmer will see the floor is during time outs. This hall of fame suggestion I have to ask are you on something illegal?

      If Jimmer is going to have any impact on the Bulls it will be next season I say that because it appears that you know very little about Thibs as a coach if you did you would know that late season players the Bulls acquire dont get minutes at all. Furthermore if he shines in training camp and pre season than you might see Jimmer as a regular season impact player. But that depends on not resigning Kirk or DJ, if the Bulls resign both of them then I don’t know how Jimmer will get on the floor behind Rose, Kirk and DJ.

      • Truth928

        Yes Leroy Fredette IS a better shooter than Durant , Korver and Miller..
        You are about correct about my lack of knowledge of coach “thibs”…. I am learning quickly as I sees the Bulls down 3-1 to an avg Wizards team and still no Fredette..even YOU would agree that what the Bulls need is a consistent outside scoring threat ..who better than Fredette? Who would be leading the NBA in 3pt% if he had more attempts..
        BTW what did you think of Steve Nash his first 3 yrs in the NBA? …He IS a first ballot Hall of Famer….maybe you would be saying the same about him as you do about Fredette???

        • Leroy Boyd

          928
          I have to wonder if you are not Jimmer himself because if you actually believe that Jimmer is a better shooter than Durant, Korver and Miller I think you are completely lost. Furthermore to think that the Wiz are a avg team means that you know very little about NBA basketball. If Jimmer had more attempts yea if I were 6’10 I would be in the NBA. You mention Nash I didnt know Nash was in the NBA until he started playing with Mike NoD with the Suns. Maybe Jimmer should be playing for a team that requires nothing but offense. We shall see what Jimmer will do next season if he remains with the Bulls. I know Jimmer can shoot but if that is all that is required than he would still be playing in Sac. Since you mention Nash have you ever seen him play defense? I believe that Nash got lucky and played for a coach that still has no idea about defense he believes that you out score your opponent and you win so how many titles did Nash lead any team he has played with to a NBA finals let alone win one. I believe that Jimmer would excel in Mike NoD offense because all he would be required to do is shoot. But with the other 29 NBA coaches they required some form of defense. Look you are a Jimmer fan I say great for you, I am just waiting for him to play next season if he is with the Bulls that he can gain a spot through summer work outs and pre season than we will see how he can impact the Bulls next season.