Is Jimmermania over? Jimmer Fredette no King in NBA yet

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  • Baseball_dad Salina, KS
    April 2, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Jimmer will never be a star in the NBA. I am surprised he even got drafted.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 31, 2012 2:11 a.m.

    Too early to tell.

    In the meantime, hopefully he continues to believes in himself and work hard. His time will come. Plus he has all those million$ he's making.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    March 30, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Jimmer's PT will increase as his game transitions to the NBA game.
    Jimmermania can die at any minute. It will not be missed.
    Good luck, Jimmer--keep being patient. Your game is coming along.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    March 30, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    James Fredette is only Tim Tebow if you consider that both are overrated bench warmers.

    Let's put it this way - if he can't break the lineup in Sacramento, he wouldn't break the lineup anywhere.

    He's Shawn Bradley.

  • Katiebugg Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    It's funny to read all these comments rejoicing over Jimmer's transition into the NBA. Jealous much boys?

  • sls Columbia, MO
    March 30, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    He just needs a different coach.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 30, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    I root for Jimmer although Jimmermania makes me ill.

    It's not the end for Jimmer, but I did before the lack of minutes, and still do think Jimmer is a 10-15 minute a night backup player.

    Jimmer fans may not like Coach Smart, but I do subscribe that Fredette needs to change his game for the NBA. There is too much talent at the NBA level for a Jimmer to dominate the ball without knowing how to get everybody else involved.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    Yes, it is over thankfully. He was an over-rated ball hog. I'm sure his teammates were glad he was gone so they could get a chance to shoot. When one person take 40-50% of the shots but still have a 45% AVERAGE SHOOTING're not good, you're just a ball-hog.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    March 30, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    Funny to see the Jimmer haters posting here. I doubt any of them watched all his games in college. If they had, their rose-colored glasses skewed their view, or they'd be a Jimmer fan, too.

    I'm as big a Jimmer fan as anyone. However, I never expected him to pick up in the NBA where he left off in college. For one, no summer league and no training camp. For two, he has to learn the NBA game and how to fit in.

    Jimmer has a work ethic that will prevail and one day he'll be like Steve Nash, who everyone thought would amount to nothing when he came into the league, but is now one of the top Pgs. Jimmer will figure it out.

    I expect in his "junior" year in the NBA he'll be turning heads again.

    Jimmer progressed at BYU, and it wasn't until his 4th year that Jimmermania took hold. It'll take a similar progression in the NBA before his innate talent is recognized.

    Remember, what made him great in college wasn't just his points, it was also his trey range. NO one in the NBA has that.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    March 30, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Come on Ute fans. We didn't give up on Alex Smith.

  • Pugman TREMONTON, UT
    March 30, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    He's a rookie for heck sake. My gosh listen to the Ute trolls. It's a sad state of our country when people root for an individual to fail. May God bless this nation.....because it's becoming one of hate and envy.

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    March 30, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    Blame is not with Jimmer and his abilities but the current coach and Sacramento the quicker he gets out of there the better.

  • jhurst82 Holladay, UT
    March 30, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    Jimmer is averaging about the same percentage wise as he did in college 38%fg and 37%3pt. He was a volume shooter in college and needed 20 shots a night to get his points, plus he scored a lot of his points from the free throw line. In the NBA he isn't athletic enough to get to the line like he did in college, he can't guard his position, he doesn't have a great ball handle and isn't a great passer. He is a two guard stuck in a point guards body. Maybe he can find a niche as a spot up shooter when surrounded by all-stars who take pressure away from him. and please, please, please stop comparing him to John Stockton, the all time leader in assists and steals, 10 time all-star, hall of famer. Kevin O'Connor made one of the smartest decisions in his career by not drafting Jimmer.

  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    March 30, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    IndeMak-Do some research before spouting off about inaccurate information. Jimmer shot and averaged over 45 percent from the field during his 4 years at BYU. You have no idea what your talking about. He's a great shooter, just hasn't figured out the NBA game and he may never, but he shot well in College.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    The Jazz brass are smart in not drafting Jimmer. Burks or Jimmer? Who would you rather? I was at the arena when we drafted Burks. So many people were upset that Jimmer went to Sacramento. Making emotional draft picks gets teams nowhere.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    March 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    For the record, I'm a big Jimmer fan. I've watched and rewatched his senior season games because they are very entertaining and it is fun to see the way Jimmer could pick apart defenses. But I have to admit that Jimmer was playing in a bit of a dream world in college. By that, I mean he played unlimited minutes, he had the full support of the coaching staff to do whatever he wanted (and it was usually spectacular), and the other members of the team were willing to let him do his thing without too much butting heads.

    I've seen this same thing a lot in high school ball. A high school player is given the complete green light and appears to be a phenom in high school. But when he gets to college and he gets limited minutes (hard to get in a rhythm), doesn't have the coach in his hip pocket, and has to contend with other egos, the dream world falls apart and he is just another player.

    I think Jimmer will get his chance after he pays his dues for a few years, but for now, the dream world is gone.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Jimmer will not be a major factor in the NBA at any point. He was given free reign in Provo and shot the ball over 25 times per game. He is a good athlete but he must find the right situation and I'm not sure what that situation may be in that the Kings are a run and gun team. He didn't shoot over 40% in college so what made people think he would shoot a better percentage in the pros. I expect him to do well in Europe at some point. BYU has had one decent NBA player over the years.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    March 30, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Nothing a little pickle juice won't fix.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    He'll develop into a decent backup or a low-tier starter. This draft class wasn't all that good anyway so I don't think calling him a bust would be accurate.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    March 30, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    Haha, your all crazy! The kid makes millions in the NBA. Give him a chance! Hes a rookie anyway! People are nuts! If their team doesnt go undefeated, they say (cut them all! fire the coach! sell the team! bull doze the stadium!...............Whoo! High Draft Picks!) hahaha, bunch of losers talking on here.

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris Clearfield, UT
    March 30, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    People who jumped on the sac town bandwagon before the season started should just stay there. GO ALEC BURKS, keep proving people wrong!!!

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    March 30, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Hang in there Jimmer! Keep your chin up. You'll find your groove in the NBA.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 30, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Mateen Cleaves ring a bell? Good College Player but no transitional game to NBA. I knew He wouldn't do anything in the NBA starting from Season 1. Are you BYU homers and Jimmer worshippers ever gonna get it. Instead of praising Jimmer Fridette like he's the next Jordan why don't you just post, Wait and see". Then you won't have to eat your words and make excuses later on. This alos applies to Utah Jazz, BYU football.

    March 30, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Simple answer to the Question in the headline: Yes, it is over, and not soon enough.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 30, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Jimmer's biggest problem is he is on the wrong team.

    Sacramento needs to trade him to a team that can bring him along slowly and use his skill set in the right situation. That certainly isn't going to happen in Sacramento. Hopefully, they will realize their mistake and trade him away this summer.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 30, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Jimmer is probably the best player ever from this state. Look how far he took it in the tournament last year and the Kings aren't good enough to play him more.

  • Ares Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 30, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    ...And never will be a king in NBA. Hype and godship are only acquired in Provo on the campus of BYU.

    In the real world, no parking lot shots can make you be better than Air Jordan or the other greats, who CONSISTENTLY impress with skill. Kimmer can't even impress anyone with one game yet.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 30, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    THe jimmer is preforming in the NBA as expected.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    So far his carrer mirrors that of Alex Smith, with high expectations, coachable, high draft pick, transitioning franchise, coaching changes and the like. It looks like he will be moved and will eventually find his place. Will he be a Danny Anige or a Pace Manning? Time will tell.

  • PrepSportsFan Draper, UT
    March 30, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Jimmer has a terrible situation with the Kings. Cousins has to be one of the biggest dinks in the NBA and Smart as an interim coach is just a joke. Jimmer in UT would have been a huge hit. Shame on Kevin O'Conner for not giving the kid a proper chance. One thing I know: Jimmer will continue in this situation with grace. He is the Tim Tebow of the NBA. Needs a little time and a better situation. He will emerge, count on it.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Kings coach Keith Smart comment "demands that Fredette become more than a ball dominating guard" Did he just call Jimmer a Ball Hog? Funny. That's what I think.

  • AJCfan Logan, UT
    March 30, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    By no means am I comparing Jimmer's skills and potential to those of Kobe Bryant, but Bryant's rookie season wasn't all that impressive either. He averaged 7.6 ppg and 15.5 mpg. As much as I dislike who Kobe is as a person, you have to respect his hard work and competitor's mentality. Fredette only got better every year in college and I think the same will happen in the NBA, because he is very competitive and willing to put forth the effort to get better.

  • md Cache, UT
    March 30, 2012 9:38 a.m.


    He is more skilled than you think. It is hard to prove yourself when the interim coach has you riding the pine.

    BTW, nobody will ever be John Stockton.

    March 30, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    He is a bust! To be taken as high as he was will never pay dividends for Sacramento. He and Shawn Bradley have got to be the largest dissappointment the NBA has had. Will Jimmer make it....probably as a 7-9 player on a team but will never be a factor. It is time for everyone to put the Jimmer mania to bed and realize he is just a undersized, underspeed, average basketball player playing in the NBA. He will never be anything like John Stockton.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    March 30, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Sometimes it takes time to be able to play in the NBA. If I recall John Stockton didn`t emerge until he played in his fourth season.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 30, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Sacramento just isn't the right place for this guy. I bet they eventually trade him for a veteran player. He really needs to be on a team that needs that three point shot, where he can learn defense, and where the fans like blue collar players. Let's see now, can anybody help me out this one? Any teams come to mind?

  • Ross Madison, AL
    March 30, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Give Jimmer more time, in a few more years with lots of work and NBA experience he'll figure out how to best apply his sensational skills.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    It sounds like he just got "Jimmered".

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    March 30, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    As I recall D Will went u to Spokane and spent a few days working with a fellow that lived up there and came back and took over very well . Maybe Jimmer should go spend some time up there this summer and see what happens.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    March 30, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    He never will be a star in the NBA. He's one of those guys that was brilliant in college and should have gone on a mission instead of the sitting the pine in the NBA.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    March 30, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    Just believe, and keep on believing. Churchill once said, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it may be the end of the beginning." He also said "Never, NEVER, NEVER, ever give up."

    Jimmer, hang in there. Form is temporary, but class is permanent. You have class.