5 Reasons Why Jimmer Fredette Won’t Fit With New Orleans Pelicans

5 Reasons Why Jimmer Fredette Won't Fit With New Orleans Pelicans

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Earlier this week, free agent guard Jimmer Fredette agreed to join the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. Once a college phenom at Brigham Young, Fredette languished in the Sacramento Kings’ backcourt rotation for much of last season before finally being cut and later picked up by the Chicago Bulls. While Fredette may be getting a fresh start with the Pels, he is unlikely to succeed due to his poor fit with the team.

5. Fredette Is Not A Volume Scorer

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5. Fredette Is Not A Volume Scorer

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Fredette was the ultimate heat-check guy in college, and will be expected to provide long-range shooting at a high volume off of the bench in New Orleans, which the Pelicans needed to replace after the departure of Anthony Morrow. However, Fredette has not proven himself as capable of carrying the offensive load for bench units and tends to shy away from being a primary offensive option.

4. Fredette Is Too Ball-Dominant To Facilitate An Offense

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4. Fredette Is Too Ball-Dominant To Facilitate An Offense

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Fredette may not like being a primary offensive option, but he also isn’t great at getting his teammates involved. He has never averaged more than 4.4 assists per 36 minutes, an exceedingly low number for a point guard. Given Fredette’s sticky hands, the Pelicans' bench unit will have a difficult time executing offensive sets.

3. The Pelicans Play At Too Slow A Pace

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3. The Pelicans Play At Too Slow A Pace

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When he was a collegiate star, Fredette played best in a fast-paced, run-and-gun environment that allowed him to get his shot off quickly. Under Coach Monty Williams, however, the Pelicans prefer to play at a slow pace, ranking 22nd in pace last season. This slower pace favors post play and defense, neither of which suit Fredette. This slower pace will come at the expense of Fredette’s shooting and ability to run the floor.

2. The Pelicans’ Backcourt Is Already Crowded

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2. The Pelicans’ Backcourt Is Already Crowded

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Fredette has struggled in the NBA when he has received little playing time, and he may receive his lowest amount of minutes yet with the Pelicans. With Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon already locked into the backcourt, Fredette will struggle for playing time.

1. Fredette Plays Subpar Defense

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1. Fredette Plays Subpar Defense

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Williams is a defensively-minded coach set on building his squad into a defensive powerhouse led by Anthony Davis. Fredette has never proven himself to be a capable defender at the NBA level and clashes with Williams’ vision. In a Western Conference that features a myriad of elite point guards, strong defense at the point is a must, and Fredette’s glaring weakness could derail the whole Pelicans bench unit.

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  • oldjovian

    I agree with your assessment except for this thought:

    ” . . . tends to shy away from being a primary offensive option.”

    He WAS the offense when he was at BYU.

    I like Fredette and enjoy watching him play. However, I think he’s a bit over-his-head in the NBA. He might do well in Europe . . .

  • jb

    Odd article as every single of his opportunities last year with sac and chi he came out blazing – if he got in he tended to lead in points scored per minute – actually the stats bear this out

    And author do you actually WATCH any of his games since you write about him – the 4.4 is a low average per 36 minutes only because he was converted to a point guard only last year to spell Isaiah Thomas – before that he was the off-guard/shooting guard. His stats on the Kings were he had the highest assist per minute played over every other player

    ANYONE who watched him play – I subscribe to whatever team he is on – knows that his passing greatly improved and he was a valid offensive weapon who stretched the floor- it’s like you’re just repeating the same old same old they – the “pundits” – said about him (really, it’s ALL the same things they say about ALL white guards without ever backing it up)

    Now, in the overtly racist NBA – NuttinButAfrican league- it does not matter what any white guard does on defense. As every black comedian would say in that weird high pitched white guy racist bigoted voice as they stick their ass up in the air behind them that they all do, “it would not matter one iota mister!” what actual D a white guard plays because ever since that Larry Terd statement on that creepy 1990′ ESPN “panel” show when he said he was offended when they put a white guy to guard him (as the VERY racist Isaiah Thomas, the admitted racist michael J and the closeted (in more ways than one) Magic J sat next to him and giggled and tacitly nodded their “approval”) the NBA landscape and floor jumped from 50/50 to 90/10 and it’s been up to 93/7 blacks to whites at some points (with some teams having at times NO white players on their roster) with only half of those white players actually being American (could one imagine the outcry if suddenly 50% of the black players were brought over from Africa?).

    But we get it. Jimmer doesn’t LOOK like a defender. He’s kind of teddy-bearish not a sleek and shimmering gold-toofed and gold chained wearing runnin from the cops street balla and since he’s white we don’t even ever have to see him play or judge him fairly or watch him guard ANYONE so long as someone like Stephen A or Kenny S SAYS that he aints gots no defense

    - and he’s white and just like a rich millionaire democRAT standing at a golden pulpit, after leaving their million dollar home in a gated community and stepping out of a limo that some minimum wage paid slave’s hand opened the door to, after another slave shined his shoes, washed his clothes, made his meal, nannied his kids, and as HIS bank account keeps growing exponentially, looks and says “there’s one of those filthy rich white men who wont pay their fair share so that’s why you’re poor,” and so just like that everyone oohs and ahhs and believes that fatcat democRAT millionaire/billionaire at face value, never actually looking at the facts, and so someone somewhere can just “say” that white dude “aints gots no defense” and everyone just nods and accepts it, without any video to back it up, without ANY examples, without anything actually proving it, and everyone just takes it at face value that he has no defense……because he’s white
    ….and of course they don’t. A white guy told us so.

    • Misael

      Masterpiece of a comment, spot on.