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SI.com writer sizes up Jimmer's first year in NBA

Published: Friday, March 23 2012 12:24 p.m. MDT

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, left, drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 86-84.

Andy King, Associated Press

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Jimmer Fredette's rookie campaign with the Sacramento Kings has been disappointing to many fans of the former BYU superstar.

SI.com's Sam Amick takes an in-depth look at Fredette's first season in the NBA, including what Fredette's coach, Keith Smart, and Fredette's fans, think about his development.

"Anywhere the Kings' coach goes — grocery store, restaurant and certainly Sacramento's home arena — he may run into the legions of Jimmer Fredette loyalists who aren't always fans of the way he has handled their favorite player," Amick writes.

"A year after the BYU sensation took his Cougars to the Sweet 16 and captivated the basketball world with his thrilling play, Fredette has hardly been sensational. His playing time has been sporadic, with an average of 18.7 minutes per game (during which he has averaged 7.4 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 turnovers), 20 games with 15 minutes or fewer and four games with no minutes at all. His trademark shooting has been spotty; he is hitting 37.7 percent from three-point range but only 38.4 percent overall, the latter mark putting him 16th among the 20 rookies who qualify...

"While Fredette gained respect for his work ethic and humility from the beginning, his quiet ways and the enormity of his fame have posed challenges. Whereas the fearless (Isaiah) Thomas is routinely seen barking at his teammates when they don't execute to his liking, Fredette, as center DeMarcus Cousins pointed out, often looks at the bench in search of approval from the coaching staff. Smart, in essence, was convinced that Fredette and the team would suffer if he got too much responsibility early."

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