Getting a rotation down to eight or nine players is usually a must in the NBA playoffs. However, when a team such as the Chicago Bulls have trouble scoring, it could benefit them to open up their rotation. After dropping Game 1 to the Washington Wizards 102-93, any additional scoring could help Chicago. Jimmer Fredette could assist in providing an added scoring punch as the playoffs progress.
Fredette has always had a knack for scoring ever since his days at BYU, but troubling enough, he hasn’t found his niche in the NBA. After being selected by the Sacramento Kings tenth overall in the 2011 draft, there was nothing but high hopes for Fredette in Sacramento. Even so, with the emergence of point guard Isaiah Thomas, Fredette rarely got off the bench until asking for a buyout from the team last February.
Since then, it has been much of the same for Fredette since signing with the Bulls. He has never really broken through head coach Tom Thibideau‘s rotation, and only entered games in garbage time. However, when backup point guard D.J. Augustin was out on Apr. 14 against the Orlando Magic, Fredette had a marvelous game filling in. He scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting in 31 minutes of play. The Bulls went on to win the game 108-95 in Orlando.
But upon Augustin’s return against the Charlotte Bobcats to closeout the regular season, Fredette was relegated back to the bench and has not played since his stellar outing against the Magic. Thibideau is known to be a stubborn coach, and is not willing to break his routine or rotation no matter how well an individual player is playing. But with the Bulls already dropping the first playoff game at home, Chicago could use help anywhere they can get it.
At this point, seeing Fredette play significant minutes in the postseason would be a shock. As long as Augustin and Kirk Hinrich stay healthy, Fredette virtually has no chance in showing the team what he can do in the playoffs. However, time is running out and Thibideau needs to consider making Fredette the X factor that the Bulls desperately need.