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.