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Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 5:15 p.m. MDT

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Star Valley Ranch, WY

They are both exactly where they deserve to be.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

It's too bad that with so few athletes from Utah universities in the pro leagues that somehow they must be ranked as to their relative success. Sure, Jimmer finished his 3rd year as a pro sitting on the bench...but on the roster. Hard for anyone except a deep-in-the-bones cynic to not see Jimmer as a success. So he didn't have the best year out of this small group. Am I to believe that at least 2 pro basketball GMs have been fooled so far by his complete unsuitability for the NBA? Hardly.

Layton, UT

We're proud of all 4 of the players for their achievements in college. We continue to take pride in 3 of the them for their performance in the NBA. Why not just continue to follow the 3 and let Jimmer ride off in peace?

Bountiful, UT

The backcourt of the Washington Wizards explains both why Andre Miller wasn't needed much, and also (to some extent) why Jimmer didn't play at all. Wall and Beal are both really, really good NBA guards, and if the Bulls coach was crazy enough to put Jimmer out there, either one would abuse him, scoring 80% of the time, or drawing help defense to provide a wide open teammate.

At the same time, anything the Wizards get out of Andre Miller is gravy. Even in his late 30s he can be credible on the court and sometimes actually make a difference.

Lillard is just a pleasure to watch, an elite guard at the game's highest level. The NBA players are so good it's a completely different game, pretty much like the difference between NCAA mens and womens basketball.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Re: From Ted's Head

What about the three coaches that have not trusted Jimmer to play quality minutes? Nothing against Jimmer, but there are so many articles written about him. He is the 12 man on his team and sees very limited minutes.

Lillard hits the biggest shot of the playoffs thus far and the Utah media doesn't even say anything about it. Lillard was in more all star events than anyone in history, he won rookie of the year, but Utah media is obsessed with a guy who barely can make a roster.

Write more articles about Lillard. He may be the best player to ever to come out of a school from the state of Utah.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

Teach me how to Jimmer! 12th man of the year baby!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ From Ted's Head

He was a great success in college

He is a complete failure as a pro. One might say he is a "bust"

No playoff for U
Salt Lake City, UT

Our friends on the hill are obviously still smarting from the 47-point beat down that Jimmer gave them in his final appearance in the HC.

Nobody has given more effort nor shown more class under difficult circumstances than Jimmer.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

I for one am shocked Jimmer has been a lottery pick bust.

I thought for sure when we freed him from Sacramento he would go on to have a very good career

I never saw any of this coming.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Well, I called this one didnt I?

Told ya byu fans!

Lehi, UT

Hard for a player to prove his worth when he can't get on the court. Jimmer a bust? Jimmer needs minutes. Is it because he's white?

South Jordan, UT

Big 12 Call Yet?


2013 Ute Seniors Sweep by U-40

Are the same person. One asks the question and the same guy answers back 2 minutes later from the same city.

Jimmer is a talent and will have a career similar to Travis (can't remember his last name) that spent a lot of productive years in Europe.

Layton, UT

Eminem(Travis Hansen) had a very successful career in Russia. He's taller, more athletic and played defense.

Ivins, UT

Actually, I would have as much confidence in Jimmer taking that last second winning shot against Houston as Lillard..... But, that is where any comparison between Jimmer and Lillard ends. Lillard is destined to have a wonderful and long NBA career while Jimmer must find a niche with some team in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. Classy guy though who still hold his head up and roots hard for his team mates.

Gilbert, AZ

Desperate Utah fans are still trying to invalidate Jimmer's amazing college career because he's had a less than stellar career in the NBA, so far.

If Jimmer's college career is diminished because of his performance in the NBA, what does that say about Utah's Sugar Bowl hero Brian Johnson who didn't even make an NFL roster?

The truth is, college and pro careers are two entirely separate entities - you don't have to have one in order to validate the other.

Head-to-head, Jimmer schooled Damian in college - nothing Damian or Jimmer does in the NBA is going to change that.

Salt Lake City, UT

Blame the Kings for not giving Jimmer a chance, but sitting in Chicago is all on Jimmer. He wasn't drafted to Chicago. Nobody made him go to Chicago. Jimmer chose Chicago. If he moves on to another team, Jimmer should reflect on how what sounded good versus what really happened. Learn from the sales job. Otherwise, he'll end up warming another bench.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Jimmer was given minutes when he first arrived with the Bulls. He did a decent job of scoring, but was then sent back to the bench for the same reason he rode the bench in Sacramento. Defense!!! or lack of it. In the NBA, defense matters and if you don't play your share of it, you don't play. The Jazz just lost a coach due to the lack of defensive identity on his team. Jimmer has always believed his ability to score with win out, but he has been proven wrong. He either develops some defensive toughness or he will ride the bench.

Lillard is a complete player. Well rounded in every respect of the game at his position. As is Andre Miller (although his age is catching up with him).


His time will come, hope soon, every time Fredette had a chance to play had scored, he needs somebody who is willing to give him a chance to prove he belong in the NBA.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT


No one is suggesting Jimmer's college career is diminished because of his failure in the NBA.

We're mocking the fact that the best player from byu in 30 years can't even get off the bench in the NBA.

Provo, UT

Whether Jimmer makes a career in the NBA or in Europe, he had a superlative college career and got a few million dollars as a lottery pick - and he married a beautiful cheerleader. He has a good life for himself and can be very satisfied. He is by no means a total failure, unless you consider a corporate VP a failure solely because he did not make it to president. NBA is the top of the line here. Not getting there does not make him less of a person.

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