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Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, his career has played out about how I expected it to.

Maybe we just need to free him from a perfect team like Chicago that plays great defense and can afford a bad defensive player and also in need of 3 point shooting.

If Chicago couldn't make him work, who can?

Enjoy Europe Jimmer!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

That's pretty much what I have concluded. Jimmer may be a "one trick pony" but its a pretty great trick. I think he would fit in better in a "7 seconds or less" offense where he's driving to the three point line and putting up a shot rather than as a "stretch the floor" guy spotting up the corner.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up, but I believe it will be the NBA not overseas. Still it wouldn't hurt his career to learn better defense. That's the big thing holding him back right now.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I guess coach Thibodeu disagrees with the assessment of this writer.

Who to trust, who to trust?

Bountiful, UT

Length and athleticism are two ingredients that it's hard to substitute for in the NBA.

Certainly, there are hundreds of very long, very athletic guys who aren't playing in the league because they can't consistently knock down an open jumper, as well.

Jimmer may be able to provide some minutes against some teams, but given the level of athleticism in the NBA overall, his weaknesses are amplified very quickly if a team isolates him vs. a serious athlete. Against somebody like Russell Westbrook, it's coaching suicide to put Jimmer on the floor at all.

In terms of height & weight, Jimmer is roughly the same dimensions as Andre Miller (who is at the tail end of his career), but a 4th year Andre Miller would eat Jimmer's lunch all day long, even Jimmer is clearly a better shooter and always has been.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

"Well, his career has played out about how I expected it to."

A complete fabrication.

You claimed Jimmer wouldn't even be drafted, let alone make an NBA roster.

Jimmer is far from finished as an NBA player... prepare to be proven wrong, yet again.

West Columbia, TX

And the coach decided to let the season expire by not playing him. Ask San Antonio. They understand the importance of someone with Jimmers skills. Coach SA made an interesting comment during the last game about what is essential to win. Chicago did not agree and exited earlier.


Saint George, UT

Jimmer might still be worth a low dollar contract.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I think a lot of us thought Jimmer had a good chance to play successfully in the NBA. We also felt he had not been given much of a chance. I think he will now play in Europe and probably be very good there.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

Jimmer to the Heat and BYU to the Big 12... Get 'er done!

According to NBA scouts/pundits/Kings/Bulls and ACC/SEC/MWC, Jimmer is a NBA player as much as BYU football is a Power 5 team.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Truth Machine

Jimmer is far from finished as an NBA player... prepare to be proven wrong, yet again.

Hope your a better judge of talent than some NBA scouts and pundits:

“Jimmer Fredette has never shown that he can do all that much in the NBA....Fredette lacks the physical attributes required to play at an elite level in the NBA. “Where’s the strength? Where’s the foot quickness? Where’s the length? He’s way down in the equation physically in the NBA.” -- NBA Scout (Breitbart Sports)

"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." – NBA Scout (Deseret News)

"Until he shows more interest in defense than a blind man has in rainbows, he's going to spend most of his NBA life sitting on padded folding chairs...you think this barely 6-2 kid with no speed and YMCA hops can be the next Maravich or Ainge or Westbrook? Fredette about it."

Davis, UT

Someone once asked me "what I had ever done to tell him how to coach" after I asked a simple question about a game outcome. Well aside from officiating hundreds of games and being involved in other ways (other than as a fan) in hundreds of others maybe, nothing, is the right answer. So many, who have a lesser pedigree, suggest that they can prognosticate whether Jimmer can stay in the NBA and other negativites that relate in anyway to BYU. When the reality is Jimmer's future and your bias's have no effect on his future or the outcomes of any sporting or life events. Period

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Hey Jazz, he's open and go take him. Give him a chance when he didn't have them in Sac Town. He may not be needed as a starter or full time but he can hit a big one when needed, mark that down!

Go Jimmer!

Los Olivos, CA

He could be a Celtic, next year.

hi, UT

Not much of an analysis that does't include the second half of the game, namely defense. Or is this a two part article?

Salt Lake City, UT

And to think... This player who may not be good enough to make it in the NBA dropped 47 pts on Utah in the Huntsman Center enroute to a 104-79 BYU blowout over Utah on the road.

Imagine how lopsided the game would have been if he were an "NBA" talent.


I am a Utah fan who would like to see Jimmer succeed, but I don't think he has the skill set to do it at the NBA level.

When he enters free agency, we will see how he is perceived by people who make a living judging NBA talent.

Colorado Springs, CO

He is better than any PG on the Jazz. Burke hit what, 33% from distance and 38% over all. And the Jazz gave him extended minutes. His defense was questionable at best as well and he got eaten alive by the athletic guards in the league. Burke is shorter than Jimmer and just as un-athletic as Jimmer and yet so many Ute/Jazz fans are cheering for Burke. Personally I would love to see Jimmer return to Utah and once he opened up the Jazz offense and spread the floor, something the Jazz have not done well for several years, all the Ute fans slamming him would end up loving him. Go jazz and Go Jimmer!

Missouri loves BYU
Lebanon, MO

The fact that so many anti-jimmers jump on every article about Jimmer shows that he is still relevant. If nobody really cared there would be no point in commenting. Jimmer has game and he will find his place. He earned his place in history of great college basektball players. What happens in the NBA is a differnt chapeter of a differnt book. He is a class act. Always has been and always will be. Good luck to Jimmer and go Cougars!

Orem, UT

Jimmer is easily an NBA player he just hasn't had the right situation. He is a shooter and shooters always have a place but it has to be with the right team. That being said, even I, a Jimmer fan, am a bit weary of these articles every month arguing about Jimmer. Can we move on?

CO Ute

@1978 - just imagine how bad the 54-10 game could have been if Utah had an NFL caliber QB.

Jimmer was a very good college player and you don't see any comments from U fans regarding his college results. That doesn't mean he is going to make it in the NBA. He hasn't broken trough with two teams and will possibly have a chance for a third try next year. If he doesn't get playing time next season, it will be time to go to Europe.

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