Is this right--averaging about a point per minute? Yes, Coach "Smart"
needs to live up to his name.
It's worth noting that a coach who has been coaching and associated with
the league for many years in Wesphal really like Jimmer's game and new that
when givin the time to understand the NBA and had more experience at the point
guard position could be a very good player. Then Smart takes over with nowhere
near the experience and he believes the opposite. Some guys do believe that if
you can't jump out of the gym and your not as fast then your automatically
not as good. I think Smart fits this category. If Steve Nash can have MVP
seasons then Jimmer can be a good pro. How many people really thought Nash could
play defense? He's been pretty good at it because he's smart and he
adapted. John Stockton not the fastest guy around made the all defensive team in
the NBA, he wasn't considered a fast guard. I get sick of the he can't
play defense, you can learn defense and it's all about positioning, Look at
Artest he was never the fastest forward in the league, but great defender at one
Solid indication they are shopping him if playing time increases. He'll be
packing his bags every few years if he stays in the league at all. Nice kid and
great role model but not a solid NBA talent.
CougaristaSalt Lake City, UTCoach Smart is an
oxymoron.Best humorous comment of the day! Go, Go Cougarista!
He plays 10 minutes and is the leading scorer for the whole game for the kings
and smart comes up with the brilliant conclusion that he needs to play him more.
Is it just me or is the world around us getting less smart!!!
Coach Smart is an oxymoron.
Coach Smart is not a smart man.
I would echo those who have said that the Kings are the worst team in the
league. They play a playground style game, it's each man for himself.
Hopefully, the "Free Jimmer" movement gives the Kings an idea and they
move him to a team that would appreciate his skills. He would thrive with a team
like the Spurs.
Dear Johnny Triumph. Study the NBA a little bit more and you will see there are
a lot of players who are not great on defense, yet they play regularly. Now, how is the UTE's basketball defense coming along?
I wonder why no one says this is racism??? What if he, a former college player
of the year, were black and everyone else were white? If he were not getting any
playing time, would any fingers be pointing?
Smart likes to use the excuse that Jimmer can't defend the elite guards of
the NBA, so he has to keep him on the bench. There are far worse defenders
playing a lot more minutes in this league. Jimmer's lack of defense is
overstated, having developed that part of his game considerably since leaving
college.I, too, feel bad for Jimmer. He ended up on the worst
possible team in the NBA for his skill set. I'm all for the "Free
Jimmer's PER would of course be a lot lower if he played the amount of
minutes he should be playing, so I agree it is strange to see his PER be above
the likes of Kobe and Lebron. However, I think Jimmer would still have the
highest PER on the Kings if we played as many minutes as some of the other
players on the Kings. He has the skills to be a quality NBA player for years to
come. I would rather him get traded to any other team (even the Lakers) then
continue to be on this horridly managed and coached team, though.
I would LOVE to see Jimmer get far more minutes. But you cannot believe
anything Keith Smart says. He will not play Jimmer more except when it is so
obious that other players are terrible that night. He has not liked Jimmer
since the day he took over. All you need to do is wathc each game how he uses
(or does not use) Jimmer. It's an insult to Jimmer. I'm sure
everyone, including Jimmer would like to see a trade, but the Kings are so
inept, they won't even trade him. Hang tough Jimmer, your day will come.
Jimmer's stats so far - 48 minutes played, 43 points, 64% FG
shooting, 50% 3 point shooting, 4 assists, 3 TO's, 3 rebounds and one
Hint: Smart feeling the heat where his exit door is approaching closer and he
decided to give more chances for Jimmer. Remember last year Westphaul (sp?) got
fired early and now Smart feeling it. Hang in there Jimmer.
Johnny Triumph - Give me your top 5 list of NBA players that can
play defense. You get my drift??
I always felt that the criticism of Jimmer were way over the top. He's a
sharp shooter and shooting translates, of course it is an adjustment dealing,
with taller, faster, better defenders, but Jimmer is a workhorse and I think he
can be a viable sharp shooter in the NBA. Not elite, but a rotation shooter who
can put points on the board in a hurry.
Jimmer wasn't POY for nothing, he'll find a way to succeed in the
NBA...despite his coach.
Smart is the worst coach in one of the worst franchises in pro sports! The Kings
shouldn't even be called a team because it's every man for himself!
Best move for Jimmer would be to get out ASAP.
This coach will never give Jimmer a chance. There are various reasons that
should be obviou but not the least of these is that he is a failing coach of a
Too bad he can't play defense, he'd be a viable NBA threat then.
Where are all the Jimmer haters on this article? All this kid needs is a chance
and he will shine. Yes. He's the gooderest and bestest ETB.
Cant the Jazz trade the warriors draft pick and BELL for Jimmer?
Shooters as good as Jimmer always have a place in the NBA. He needs to get
enough minutes so that he can get attention from the right team and get out of
Hang in there.
It looks wrong seeing Jimmer at the top of the PER stats, ahead of Kobe and
LeBron, but he has done his job this season and hopefully he can keep producing
as he gets more minutes and plays a bigger role on the team. This is, I
believe, the make-or-break year for Jimmer and if he can average 13 points and 5
assists per game in 20 minutes than I think he'll make it. But he needs to
get the minutes first... hopefully this last week will convince the Kings that
he deserves more floor time.
You mean to tell me that Smart has finally gotten smart enough to see, from all
the criticism, that his job is in more jeopardy than Jimmer's?