Jimmer Watch: Fredette productive in back-to-back games against Jazz

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  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:03 p.m.


    Good response. It would be nice to hear more about Lillard. I hope that your "Lillard Watch" is successful. Jimmermania may seem to be decreasing nationwide, but its alive. The nationwide sports networks don't cover him anymore, but that doesn't mean he's been forgotten. We're less than a month into the season, and I'm still willing to bet Jimmer has greater name recognition than Lillard. Comments alone on this thread prove that point. Comments have been made from readers in eight different states. BYU's nationwide following is keeping the flames alive, until/if Jimmer gets his chance in the right situation.

    Respectful Fellow Cat,


  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:23 p.m.


    I like to read about all sports teams in Utah. I have less interest in BYU, but I like to read about Fredette--when it is warranted. Lillard was 10th in the NBA in scoring last I checked.

    I have to respectfully disagree with you and say Jimmermania is dead it has its last embers about to go out with the D-News fanning them like crazy to keep it alive.

    The NBA and the Nation at large currently are more interested in Lillard than Jimmer--most might even have forgotten Fredette plays in the NBA still.

    He is a good kid...really, I don't think Sacramento is a good fit, but I don't see Jimmer anything better than a role player off the bench--which is great, it is the NBA. I hope Fredette finds a better fit, but for the greater good, I will post on the comments and start a Lillard watch since the "professionals" at the DesNews won't.

    Cheers O-Coug,

    A fellow Ogdenite,


  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    As an overweight, out of shape, Weber State Alum, church ball all-star, I do find great inspiration from the Jimmer. The guy is so popular he is known by one name ala Pele, Ruth, Jordan, Kobe, Montana etc. (Before anyone gets all huffy about comparisons, realize I'm comparing popularity not game impact.) But it is nice to see a guy in the NBA with less tattoos than he has fingers and toes.

    That being said, the fact is that the majority of the state could care less about Weber State sports. That fact is probably a driving factor for Damien Lillard not getting the attention he deserves. Jimmer is still riding the wave of Jimmermania from college, if you want to stop seeing stories on Jimmer, stop reading, commenting and viewing them. Until then, the Deseret News, KSL, KUTV2, etc. will continue to cover his career ad nauseam for you.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    I'm puzzled by the attention lavished on Fredette while Damian Lillard rarely gets mentioned at all. He's a starting point guard at Portland. He's been an instant impact player. Lillard is currently on track to be rookie of the year. He's a great local story, but you wouldn't know it by reading these columns. I'm sure "the Jimmer" is fine young man with a great three-point shot, but come on, is he really doing anything at Sacramento that merits this breathless attention and screaming headlines while Lillard is largely ignored? This is supposed to be the Sports section, not the Jimmer Fan Club.

  • Cambrai Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Silly Utes wouldn't know talent if it dropped 47 points on them in their house!

  • #utesnation Centerville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    You tell us not to compare the Lillard and Jimmer but you just did by comparing what impact they'll have on the nba. How do you figure Jimmer will have a bigger impact on the NBA?? it's not that I don't like jimmer. He is a stud and can shoot the heck out of it... but you've got to be able to do more, and all i'm saying is that I'd rather read about Lillard who is actually doing something in the league. Wildcat is right, Lillard has begun his NBA career, and is going to start it well with a Rookie of the Year award.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Yes D-News, we get it, Jimmer is inspiration to out-of-shape, church basketball ball hogs everywhere--good for you. Some of the D-News obsession with Jimmer borders on Kathy Bates' obsession with James Caan's character in Misery, and is probably just as unhealthy.

    Lillard has a strong possibility of being rookie of the year. Lillard has an NBA career while Jimmer comes off the bench in garbage time.

    Lillard's is better and will always be better, period, finito, end-o-story.

    Jimmer has a shooting problem, two hands and only one basketball!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    I don't understand all the hate and angst for Jimmer. I would never be known as a U fan, but I still like to see Alex Smith, Andre Miller, Andrew Bogut, Eric Weddle and other former Utes do well. Its nice for me to see apparently "good guys" succeed.
    Will Jimmer be an All-Star? Probably not.
    Can he come in and make a momentum swing by hitting a couple of threes? Yes.
    Few point guards in the league are what you would call defensive stoppers.
    All he needs (as Matt Harpring noted) is the right fit and he can be a role player similar to Steve Kerr. Kerr was certainly no iron curtain.
    Three point shooting is at a premium in the NBA. Look at the Jazz this season, only Paul Millsap and Randy Foye have a three point shooting percentage over 40%.

  • 56chevy dana point , CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Quit comparing D. Lillard to Jimmer. No comparison in careers and affect on Utah basketball. We wish Lillard well but he will not have the impact on the NBA that Jimmer eventually will.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Riddles in the dark is totally right. byu fans never boo.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Can we get a daily Andre Miller watch? He's at #10 on the All-Time NBA Assist Leader list.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 26, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Ahhh, Utah fans booing Jimmer...someone please cue the Max Hall quote.

  • #utesnation Centerville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Enough with the Jimmer watch. He played 6 minutes in the last game... cool. Let's watch someone that is actually playing. D. Lillard will be the rookie of the year!!

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    Lvalfre just likes to diss on anything LDS/BYU. Fact is, Jimmer can be a good NBA player. All he needs is a real coach and team with a limited amount of spoiled, petualant, self styled uber egos and he might just flourish.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:36 p.m.


    Jimmer is still number 12 in the NBA Player Efficiency Rating, scoring almost a point a minute, leading the Kings in field goal percentage (no cherry pickers either), free throw percentage and has a respectable assist to turnover ratio and is playing much better defense. Why would anybody, unless you're a hard-core Jimmer-hater, think that he will not make it in the NBA. His play is much improved even on a lousy team and his history is that he always improves (called character and work ethic). As Yogi famously put it, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Jimmer isn't even close to over. BTW, if only Mormons are watching him, why do you always comment on his progress?

  • CalGTR Merrimack, NH
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Jimmer haters are pretty funny. Guess you guys didn't catch that the Kings have already picked up Jimmer's option for the 2013-2014 season. He's got at least a couple more years to prove himself. His stats are vastly improved this year over last. That doesn't mean he's "made it", but it definitely shows progression. I'm hoping the Kings give up on him so he can be dealt to a team with a real system. Even if Jimmer doesn't blossom into a guy that will stick long-term in the NBA, he is already guaranteed several years in the NBA raking in top-10 draft pick coin. Not bad at all.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    Jimmer is anything but done in the NBA. He will never play for Keith Smart but once he is traded or becomes a FA, he will play for a team that shares the ball, does not whine like babies all the time, and is not racially motivated. Jimmer will become a good NBA player.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:01 p.m.


    "Jimmer's done. Only people noticing him our BYU/Mormons."

    So which are you?

    Jimmer may not ever be a starter, but he could still be a very valuable bench player for a team and coach that's smart enough to utilize a deadly spot-up 3-point shooter with unlimited range.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    He'll end up with the Celtics. You wait.

  • Mitchell_12 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    How about a Lillard watch?

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    Jimmer's done. Only people noticing him our BYU/Mormons.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Of course they are going to give Jimmer a few more minutes in Utah. Nothing like playing to the home crowd!

    But make no mistake, Jimmer is on his way out. He needs to start looking for a flat in Europe somewhere.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    "The former BYU great was greeted with a mix of cheers from the BYU fans and boos from the Utah fans,..."

    Utah fans (BYU haters) keepin' it "classy", as usual.

    Free Jimmer!