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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    @ idablu

    Everybody knows he can score. That was never the debate. The fact is, teams want a point guard who can run an offense and create opportunities for other players. Nobody has a need for a one-dimensional PG, who is also a liability on D.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    @Idablu

    I was just calling you out for the "dominating Lillard head-to-head". That was total nonsense. Lillard didn't get as much national attention as he played in a smaller school and conference. I am not sure he wouldn't have won NPOY if he was focused on that. If he stuck around for his senior year, I think he would have been one of the favorites to win it. Did you know he skipped his senior year as he was a lock for a high pick in the NBA draft? I bet many Cougar fans and DesNews Sports Reporters don't know that.

    Jimmer is a great shooter, but as Gene Hackman once said, "there is more to the game than shooting, there's fundamentals and defense." This is why all the NBA scouts knew Lillard would be a better player. He was talented in all areas.

    Hey, I think Jimmer is a neat person. He's an inspiration to church basketball hogs everywhere. I hope he gets another shot to prove himself. I just don't see him having a starting role in the NBA. I wish him nothing but the best.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    @baller3
    Orem, UT

    @Uteology You still mad about his 47 bro?

    ----------

    Not as mad as Cougar Nation, for him not being selected on the All-Star team.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 26, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    @Wildcat
    OK if that is the game you want to play, Jimmer won several NPOY awards. How many did Lillard win?

    Look, I'm happy for Lillards (and Miller's) accomplishments in the NBA. He deserves them and I have stated as such. I am just defending Fredette against the trolls who ignorantly say he doesn't belong in the NBA.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Feb. 26, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Who cares about how much money he's making? LDS doctrine says money isn't everything. You can't take it with you when you die. Materialism is infecting Provo these days.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    @Idablu

    The much anticipated match-up of Jimmer and Lillard never really happened. Jimmer's Senior year Lillard broke his foot and was out of the line-up in BYU's 72-66 win at Weber State. Other than that they played head-to-head twice. Lillard's Freshman year Lillard had 2 points in 23 minutes of play while Fredette had 18 points with a few more minutes (which was Jimmer's Sophomore year), and Lillard's Sophomore he scored 23 points and Jimmer (Junior year)scored 23 points as well. I wouldn't call that dominating head-to-head unless you really want to count Lillard's Freshman year. If that makes you feel like you can justify Jimmer ahead of Lillard, sure go ahead and do it. A Rookie-of-the-Year trophy, NBA All-Star selection, and the overwhelming consensus of NBA players and scouts suggest otherwise, but the yokels at the DesNews Sports Staff might agree with you.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 26, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Jimmer needs a tryout with the Harlem Globtrotters, that is probably the only other place where somebody might be willing to pay him to play basketball.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    I think the Lakers would be smart to purchase this bargain. He would become a great replacement for the aging and much overpaid Steve Nash. But then again, the Laker ownership is grossly misguided, nowadays.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    The haters will obviously never be able to move past that 47-point beat down Jimmer laid on them in his final visit to the Huntsman.

    It must really hurt to see Jimmer making millions in the NBA.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    I'm a very loyal Ute fan but watching Jimmer in college was very entertaining. I hope Jimmer gets a chance with a decent team and then we can determine whether he has the skills for the NBA or not. The Kings are a dumpster fire of a franchise and Jimmer was subjected to pathetic coaching/changes every year. Jimmer has suffered from the coaching carousel similar to what Alex Smith faced in SF for several years. Pretty tough to show what you can really do in those circumstances.

    While it was painful to watch my Utes lose to Jimmer and the cougs, his outside shooting was amazing to watch. He seems like a good guy and hopefully he gets a real opportunity with a legitimate franchise.

  • bdckpakccd Plano, TX
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    Sure wish the Mavs would pick up Jimmer!

  • MWCandUtahFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    Uteology seems to find great happiness in the failure of others, Jimmer in particular. Jimmer's multi-millions, happy marriage, 2 years of fame and college achievements demonstrate Jimmer's hard work and fortunate circumstances. Somehow in college he had all the athleticism he needed and he couldn't be stopped. I cheer for Utah players, and loved the Smith/Bogut years. Do multi-millionaires take their skills to Europe? Did Jimmer leave BYU with a good degree? Certainly he has a lot, loads, of business contacts in Utah, Colorado, NY and No.Cal to be successful as a businessman/portfolio manager. Those were great times at BYU and love watching Jimmer torch defenses still as a King when he plays. I wish Jimmer the best in whatever comes next.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    All the hue and cry about Jimmer not being a defensive player makes me laugh. Have watched NBA games for several decades now and rarely see guys working very hard on the defensive end. It's more about making the basket. And he can do that certainly. If he were to play on a team with a big name or two, where he is free to shoot while the big shot is being double teamed, Jimmer could really shine. Besides, how many guys in the NBA have his family and work ethic? The NBA needs guys like him who talk about their wives, and go home to them at night, and set a good example of a really decent person. My hat is off to Jimmer Fredette.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:22 p.m.

    Did I really see someone say Andre Miller was in more demand? That old glue horse? Please. The reason why no one traded for Jimmer was because they could pick him up in free agency. Ding ding ding! That is exactly what is going to happen. Andre Miller, that was a good one.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    TM58
    I whole hearted agree that Lillard has been tremendous and has earned his place in the NBA. Maybe "break" isn't a good term. What I mean is he was given a fair opportunity to showcase his talents. It is hard to make the argument that Jimmer has received that same "fair opportunity" when he has the highest 3-point percentage in the NBA and one of the highest production per minute played, and yet isn't allowed to play. Let him go to a team that will actually exploit his skills and if he flops, I'll shut-up. But I' m confident he won't.

    Two For Flinching
    "...his ability to shoot is missing the mark..."

    Missing the mark?! What are you talking about?! His ability to score is precisely the point, whether it is at a 2 guard or 1. And don't give me that "1.5 assists and 0.4 steals" nonsense when he is only playing a few minutes a game.

    Free Jimmer!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    @joe5

    You used a quote without siting the source to make it sound like that the national media/sports writers agree with you that Jimmer is a baller. Which is not true. I gave you two sources that disagree with you.

    I already told you why Jimmer will be cut, re-read the Sporting News quote. He can't play defense, is not a point guard and is too small to play a shooting guard.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    Everyone talking about his ability to shoot is missing the mark. Jimmer is not a 2 guard. He has to play point, which means he has to be a faclitator on offense, not the main scoring threat. Teams have no use for a point guard who averages 1.5 assists, and 0.4 steals per game.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    If Jimmer was so great how come wasnt he traded at the deadline when the kings were offering nothing for him? Face it, even at this stage in his career Andre Miller is still more in demand.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    Probably a blessing in disguise.

  • TM58 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    True that a local college product like Damian Lillard should get more print and attention from local media such as the Deseret News. He was the unanimous rookie of the year last year. Only 3 others in NBA history have accomplished that and their names are Blake Griffin, David Robinson, and Ralph Sampson. He is a well-deserved All-Star in only his second season. He is a bona fide star! He will be (if he is not already) the most successful Utah college product at the NBA level. By the time he is done, it will not be even close. The only ones I can think of that would be considered are Danny Ainge and maybe Andre Miller. Management and coaches in the NBA are not biased. If you can play, you will play. Lillard was not given a "break" by the Trail Blazer coaches and management. He flat out earned it by his talent, work ethic, and ferocity. His is a phenomenal story and should get more love by the local media.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    The Kings are full of great athletes and defenders. That's why they win so many games.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:12 p.m.

    Ok, I get it that you BYU haters are mad that Jimmer gets a lot of attention when guys like Miller and Lillard are tearing it up in the NBA and getting relatively little print in DN. That's a beef you'll have to take up with DN.

    But to sit there and say Jimmer sucks and doesn't belong in the NBA, after he delivered several whoopings on Utah, and soundly outplayed Lillard head to head, is just plain immature. It's like the fans of the home team chanting "You Suck, You Suck!" To the visiting team that just beat them by 40 points.

    The main difference I see between these guys is good fortune. Miller and Lillard landed on teams that gave them an opportunity to showcase their skills. Management and coaching in the Kings organization have NOT given Jimmer that kind of break. I am not saying Jimmer will be a starter in the NBA, but he might be in short order if he goes to a team who needs a deadly shooter.

  • Missouri loves BYU Lebanon, MO
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    Jimmer is a class act. That is why he wasnt' a good fit for the Kings. The kings have the 4th worst record in the NBA and they have allowed more points per game than all but 3 other teams. Anyone who says the problem is that Fredette is bad on defense is talking nonsense. The Kings point blank don't know how to win and don't know how to play well as a team. Fredette will be much better off going somewhere else where they recognize that scoring more points than the other team is how you win and passing the ball to the best 3 point shooter in the NBA is a very good way to score points...

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Celtics.

  • thechatman Layton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    Great birthday gift to the Jimmer. Happy B-day and good luck!!

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    Uteology: I know the conversation has moved on but I can't be at my computer 24/7. Sorry I couldn't respond earlier.

    In my comments, I suggested stats (facts) carry more weight than opinions. Your response was:

    1) Provide more opinions. I think your words were: "It wasn't just one scout, it was multiple scouts. And I provided you a second source, I can provide you with more sources if you like. Or you can do your own research?"

    That seems like kind a snarky comment to make. But I've found that it is common practice to take personal shot at someone when your argument is weak.

    2) Pretend you are an insider knowing that others based their actions on those stats when there could be 100 reason that have nothing to do with the stats why Sacramento is letting Jimmer go and other teams didn't rush to pick him up in a trade.

    I'm fine with you having an opinion but I think I'd rather spend my time with someone who "knows" what he is talking about instead of "feels" what he is talking about.

    Some other time maybe ...

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    @Ekute...It's Glens Falls, New York. In high school he played in The Foothills Conference. Town is north of Albany via the 87 on the way to Lake George!

  • kevo Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    Regardless of what you think of his talent, he works harder than anyone posting here. He deserves a lot of credit. Thousands of guys have tried to make it to the NBA and never came close while Jimmer can light it up (and has) on the same court as Carmelo, LeBron and Tim Duncan when he's been given the chance. None of us here could do that. Period. Give the kid props.

  • WasatchReb Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    The guy could EASILY stay in the NBA for many more years. It would just take a team willing to accept the weaknesses because they love his strengths. All that said, the comment from the NBA "scout" about him playing in Europe in 2 years, may be accurate. Not necessarily because it's a knock on Jimmer's ability to stick in the NBA, but more because in Europe he could potentially PLAY a lot more than a role on a team, AND he could potentially make (quite a bit) more money there than in the NBA.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    This is one Ute fan who wishes Jimmer well. He was a lot of fun to watch and has some incredible offensive skills. Personally, I hope he gets an opportunity elsewhere in the NBA, then both sides of the Utah/BYU divide can stop all the speculation about whether he belongs or not. If he goes to the Knicks or Memphis, he may get a chance to resurrect his career and get a fresh start.

    BYU fans, get real though, he won't be going to Miami. A team who is a defense first team would never bring in Jimmer Fredette. They already have enough 3-point shooters in Ray Allen, Battier, Chalmers, and Wade. The Heat need big men who can defend and rebound against Indiana, not more shooters.

    Jimmer could fit on a team that needs a spot up shooter for 10-15 minutes per game, but just because he might be freed from the NBA's worst organization in the Kings, doesn't mean Jimmer will suddenly get more playing time and average double figures in scoring.

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    Feb. 25, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Whatever happens to Jimmer, another NBA team or Europe, I wish him well. Under very adverse circumstances in Sacramento he handled the situation with nothing but class. Much more so than many of the comments posted here. Best of luck to you Jimmer. You deserve it.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    Hard hitting research (basketball people on twitter) reveals that memphis and new york have interest in jimmer. Obviously it's early, but it looks like he's staying in the U.S. a little longer...probably to remind people in SLC how much they hate him.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    Crow "now he can go off to Europe with Hoff and never be heard about again."
    Truth in all its forms "have fun in europe jimmer."

    Do you guys know something I don't know? I just looked at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. In the three largest sports outlets articles about Jimmer are currently being linked to from the main page. Why do you think national sportscasters care so much about someone who is not even going to play here?

    Haters gotta hate. Go Cougs!

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    have fun in europe jimmer.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    Free at last, free at last! Time for the Jimmer Show to begin at MSG.

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Its about time his career in the NBA came to an end. now he can go off to Europe with Hoff and never be heard about again.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    "This season he's shooting 94-of-198 (47.5 percent) from the field, and he's made an incredible 36-of-73 (49.3 percent from behind the 3-point line.

    If anyone says those stats don't have value in the NBA than you don't know basketball. Jimmer can shoot the ball and by virtue of that alone someone will pick him up. Is he superstar material? Probably not but he can be an instant outside threat from the bench. As for defense, there are a lot of NBA guys who don't play defense very well. Jimmer will be fine.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    I watch the NBA too much. I don't understand the argument that Jimmer can't play defense. There is no D in the NBA.
    Danny Ainge wallowed in Sacramento with the Kings and now it is apparently Jimmer's turn. There is a reason that the Kings are consistently at the bottom before Jimmer arrived and after he leaves.
    Hopefully his purgatory ends soon.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    @Uteology
    Let me guess. You're one of those boo birds who loudly boos Jimmer every time he touches the ball when he's playing at a Jazz game.
    Man, show a little objectivity in your assessment of Jimmer and you might garner a little credibility.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Really funny to see all the opinions from up on the hill. Must still have back side sores from where he torched you for 47 in your otherwise 'empty but for blue fans' red, dark, concrete cavern. It would also be funny to compare how many of the bandwagoners who are troubleshooting the state's latest athlete multimillionaire are the same ones who cried for years that Alexis Smith wasn't getting a fair enough shake in SF, had too many coaching changes, and wasn't surrounded by decent players.

    Give Jimmer a fair shot away from the buffoonery that is Sacramento and then make the judgement.

  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    I like the wannabe that try and use some scout said this and another said that to prove their point. There were a lot of scouts that claimed that Ryan Leaf was going to a lot better than Peyton Manning. I can find stuff like that on the internet all day long. Facts are that pre-draft his numbers were good and showed athleticism that people didn't think he had. Better vertical than Leonard. He warranted the number 10 pick so he is NBA caliber from a basketball standpoint. Then they bring up the Kwame Brown's of the world who are lazy and don't do anything to improve. That's not Jimmer. It may be possible that his main deficit is that he's been with an organization that doesn't know how to play or teach defense. They have no one who does that very well on that team. Just because you hate BYU go somewhere else and show off your awesome U of U education.

  • JapanCougar Apo, AP
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    I'd suddenly become interested in the Jazz again if they picked up Jimmer and gave him 20 minutes a game.
    I only hope he ends up on a team that will play him consistently off the bench. I enjoy his playing style and scoring ability.

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    I'd certainly take Jimmer over John Lucas III, if it were my team. At least more of the arena seats would be getting warm on game night.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    Poor guy probably wants just to be left alone and move on with his life outside of basketball. He probably hates "Jimmermania" but he's to nice to say anything. Good luck Jimmer, you will never be forgotten at BYU, in the state of Utah and in Glen Falls.

  • Lew Scannon Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    The only accurate thing we can say is "We'll see." And hopefully we will. If somebody gives Jimmer a chance on a decent team, he may surprise. He may not. I've watched him, and his defense is nowhere near as "horrid" as some would say. I mean, please, give me the name of the point guard who can stay in front of Tony Parker. Defense is a team thing. It's all about helping and rotation. All I know is that in college, no team found a way to stop Jimmer with two defenders, which is what he usually faced. So, hopefully, we'll see. If not, he'll make a tidy sum in Europe.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    Let the haters go back to their own jobs...if they have one.

    FREE JIMMER! He's too good a shooter in a league that doesn't have many shooters. I still believe Jimmer can play in the NBA.

  • baller3 Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    @Uteology You still mad about his 47 bro?

  • CincyRed13 SLC, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    I am amazed at the ignorance of some of the comments on here. Anyone who has paid attention to Jimmer's career with the Kings knows that when they have given him minutes he has produced. I fully admit that he is a liability on defense but to say that he is completely worthless defensively is in denial. You cannot question his abilities on the offensive end and that is what will entice an NBA team to sign him. If the Jazz were smart they would sign him. There are 3 things that he would bring to the team. Production off the bench, merchandise sales and he would fill more seats. The jazz have John Lucas for crying out loud. If you don't think Jimmer would be of better value to the Jazz than Lucas, you must not know basketball.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    Jimmermania went the way of the lava lamp and mood rings. Cool why it lasted but just a passing fad. He's a good guy. Good luck Jimmer.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    @joe5

    It wasn't just one scout, it was multiple scouts. And I provided you a second source, I can provide you with more sources if you like. Or you can do your own research?

    The statistical support Favale provides is the same statistics that Sacramento used to cut him. And the same statistics that other teams analyzed and found that he was not trade worthy.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Uteology: So one source provides statistical support for his assessment and the other nothing more than educated opinion. Facts is facts and, frankly, I put more credence in them than some anonymous scout. Your scout probably thought Oden was better than Durant and Kwame Brown was a "can't miss" star.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Sorry John Paxson, not Jim

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest basketball goo-roo, but I do understand that game and watch it, more college than anything. It seems since he went to Sacramento they never used him right or as much. Not sure if he is NBA caliber, I know he has proven himself a few times, and has been terrible on other occasions, but what professional athlete hasn't, especially if you are a newby like Jimmer was. I don't think he ever got a fair shake to showcase his talent which is shooting. We all knew his defense was suspect even in college.

    I agree with many that if the Jazz did pick him up, that alone would sell tickets. For a little bit. But I think a team, even a good NBA team could use a 6 man off the bench for a few minutes here and there for some points.

    Jimmer actually reminds me a lot of Jim Paxson from the Chicago Bulls, never a big star or big minute guy, but came off the bench scored 5 to 10 points a game as a role player. And had a successful career in the NBA.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Does anyone else see the irony in this?

    Sacramento decides to give him some one-game playing time in NY media-rich environment and he lights it up! Then they put him back on the bench?!

    What does that tell you? How is it that a supposed "barely a 12th man" can shoot like that? What other 12th man can do that at all? Ever?

    I am no Jimmer homer and I think his defense is horrid and he is too short to be a viable starter given his skillset but if you can shoot like that then he should be able to get floor time.

    It is near impossible to shoot that well/efficiently with as little playing time as Jimmer has had. There are few players in the NBA that have his range...the dude can launch long bombs effortlessly.

    Sacramento is the biggest joke of an organization. Everyone acts like they are smart for trying to unload Jimmer but meanwhile the results prove they are a clown organization that chronically loses...with Jimmer sitting....who torched the knicks.

    Make up your minds instead of talking out both sides of your mouths.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    @joe5

    Or you might compare him to Steve Kerr five-time NBA champ with two different franchises. Fredette is every bit as good a Kerr at both ends of the court.

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    Not according to NBA scouts:

    Indeed, Fredette was the universal choice as college player of the year for the 2010-’11 season, when he averaged 28.9 points in his senior season. But NBA scouts worried that Fredette did not have a real position at the next level and that his defense was too poor to warrant him getting big minutes.

    That, essentially, has been Fredette’s story to date—he is not capable of running the point, and at 6-2 he is vastly undersize to play shooting guard. It has been primarily because of his defense that he has been limited to a career-low 11.3 minutes per game this season.

    Source: Sporting News

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    @joe5

    You just quoted Dan Favale from Bleacher Report as your national source? Good one!

    Here's a better quote:

    "Jimmer Fredette will be in Europe in a year or two. He has no future in the league. None. He can't create his own shot, he has a hard time coming off screens for a shot and he's not a point guard."

    Source
    NBA scout says Jimmer Fredette 'has no future in the NBA'
    Brad Rock, Deseret News

  • CentralUtah Alpine, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    When will the Jazz figure it out that they wouldn't have to give tickets away at business downtown on game day to fill up the arena if they brought this guy in.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Alterego
    Harrisville, UT

    One thing is certain regardless of where Jimmer plays out this season, there hasn't been another NBA player with (pre-NBA) Utah ties that garnered this much local attention

    -----------

    You mean that has garnered this much "undeserved" local attention.

    Even in this article:

    "He probably wouldn't be a starter anywhere in the league right now, but he could be a valuable sixth man who can hit a few key shots at a critical stretch."

    Really, a 6th man? He's barley a 12th man. One would think that if teams thought he was a valuable 6th man they would have traded for him.

    He plays no defense so I can't imagine ANY team playing him down the stretch in a close game.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    From one article (a national source, not local):

    “For a guy averaging 18.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting overall while knocking down 49.3 percent of his three-point attempts per 36 minutes, that's a bargain. Fredette has long been criticized for his defense and the fact that he's more of an undersized 2-guard than a point man, but you can't teach that kind of efficient scoring.”

    There is no question Fredette is NBA quality. He reminds me of JJ Redick who came into the league with exactly the same bad rap as Jimmer. Redick's actually carved out a pretty good niche for himself. Granted, he has been injured this year but he was considered the top acquisition at last year's trade deadline and one of the solid free agent pick-up in the off-season.

    Or you might compare him to Steve Kerr five-time NBA champ with two different franchises. Fredette is every bit as good a Kerr at both ends of the court.

    Claiming Jimmer is not NBA quality is no reflection on his playing ability but a reflection of the ignorance of the one saying it.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    The Jazz could always buy out one of their bench warmers and bring Jimmer in for peanuts to add situational firepower.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Who knows if Jimmer can have long term success in the NBA. If you don't play, you can't prove yourself.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    @Flyer

    "This gives him an opportunity to sign with a team that values his skill-set, and which he can contribute to immediately."

    Don't bet on it. The Kings were practically willing to pay another team to take him and nobody did.

    You are right about one thing: The Kings are a horrible franchise, and drafting Jimmer is exhibit A. Unfortunately for Jimmer, the Kings couldn't dupe another team into making the same mistake they did.

    If I were Jimmer I would brush up on my Turkish.

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    Before calling Jimmer bust remember that it will take 99% of Americans 3 life time to earn how much he earned in 1 year.
    I wish I was that bust. Good luck Jimmer. Still love watching highlights when he busted uses, they are still hurt from it.
    As a basketball fan I have never seen anyone with as high entertainment value as jimmer. Go Jimmer!

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    This is great news for Jimmer. The Kings are a horrible franchise, and it's way past time for both to part ways. This gives him an opportunity to sign with a team that values his skill-set, and which he can contribute to immediately. The guy can flat out shoot, and this is a valuable commodity in the NBA. Everyone knows that his defense in suspect, but that's not what the next team will sign him for. Good luck to the Jimmer!

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    One thing is certain regardless of where Jimmer plays out this season, there hasn't been another NBA player with (pre-NBA) Utah ties that garnered this much local attention. I say good luck to him and wish him much success. Hopefully he continues to work on his overall game (defense) and improves as a player.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    What a total bust for the Kings. Good thing the Jazz didn't make the mistake of drafting Jimmer.

    Jimmer's probably headed over to Europe or maybe Turkey to play ball now. He doesn't have the talent or athleticism to play in the NBA.