Haven’t had many opportunities to write a story about Jimmer Fredette since his senior season at BYU. Jimmer’s career in the NBA has been filled with coaching changes and DNP’s, rather than scintilating drives to the basket and three-point bombs from the parking lot.
On Wednesday night though, we had reason to celebrate the Jimmer again.
Jimmer went off for a career-high 24 points against the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden. A team that Jimmer grew up watching in his hometown of Glens Falls, New York.
The highlight of Jimmer’s night was hoisting up a 30-foot bomb and burrying it. It brought back memories of three years ago when Jimmer led the Cougars to a Sweet 16 appearance and won the National Player of the Year honors.
This performance from Jimmer is a big deal. We’ve known all along that the Kings are not going to resign Jimmer this off-season when Fredette becomes a free agent. Jimmer is basically trying out for the other 29 NBA teams to give him another contract in the league. In pro sports if you have one big performance it can usually translate into another contract. Look at Matt Flynn from the NFL. That’s why Wednesday night was significant for Fredette.
With the NBA Trade Deadline in one week, maybe teams will be now be more inclined to pick up the phone and call the Kings to land Jimmer.
I’ve always felt that Jimmer has a role in the NBA. Yes we all know about his defensive struggles, but honestly who goes a full 48 minutes in a regular season NBA game on the defensive end? Very few. Jimmer can fill it up offensively. And he isn’t just a spot up three-point shooter. Put the ball in his hands and take it to the rim. Had the Kings not gave up on Paul Westphal within the first two months of Jimmer’s first season, maybe things would have been different to this point. But at the end of the day, it’s great to see Jimmer producing and taking over a game like we all remember. And to do it on the Madison Square Garden floor made it even more special.