Dick Harmon: Onus is on Fredette to increase worth with Pelicans

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 23, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Rhetorical question. Just who in the NBA plays defense? No one. Clyde Frazier would be having a field day in today's NBA as well as Jerry West and Oscar Robertson. They knew how to play defense. None of today's centers can hold a candle to Wilt and Bill Russell. These two and Nate Thurman would eat all their lunch. Same with Wes Unseld.

    Defense. NBA. An oxymoron.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    July 21, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    @ jls:

    You and other Ute fans have answered your own question about moving on. Every time there is another Jimmer article, there is obvious interest... even from (or especially by) Ute fans.

    Love him or hate him, Jimmer continues to generate a lot of interest. Articles written about him consistently generate lots of comments and feedback. And as long as that continues, so will the articles. There are a lot of us who do hope they keep coming.

    Jimmer's PPM (points per minutes played) is one of the best in the NBA. As such, it would be extremely interesting to see what would (will) happen when he consistently gets over 25 minutes per game for a substantial part of a season. Since that hasn't yet happened, his true potential is still yet unknown.

    On top of that, he is one of the best in the entire NBA in 3-point shooting percentage. Last year it was nearly 48%, which puts him in an elite category.

    New Orleans already knows it got a bargain when they signed Jimmer. Many more people will realize the same thing within a few months.

  • jls Sandy, UT
    July 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.


    Please. Jimmer is no longer at BYU. He has moved on. Why don't you?

    July 19, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    Jimmer is underrated.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 19, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    @ Who am I sir:

    "Time to move on"

    Excellent advice. To all the Ute fans who continue to obsess about all things BYU--
    "Time to move on."

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 19, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    Jimmer's biggest problem isn't his defense, or lack of, but his size. Most spot up shooters in the league are 6'5" to 6'9". At 6'0" Jimmer just isn't tall enough or quick enough to make it in the league on a long term basis. He was a great college player. You should be happy that you got to watch him.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    July 19, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    Defense, defense...blah. That's all the U fan complains about. I bet Luke Ridenour, or any of the guys mentioned in the article are defensive stalwarts yet people keep hammering Jimmer. Just give him 30 min a game consistently and lets see what happens. He's never had a good chance to play anywhere he's been.

    If he gets a chance, he'll prove everyone above wrong

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 19, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    New Orleans is now a contender. Going to be tough to get a win in west this season. I predict a lot of people are going to be wishing they had signed Jimmer when they could have got him cheap.

  • BYU and Jazz Fan Provo, UT
    July 19, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    I agree that Jimmer can't play defense. However, neither does Harden, Carmelo, an another host of "stars." He can however, in my opinion, shoot better than both of them. He is undersized so his lack of defense shows up more. He needs more minutes and a better defensive cast around him to be successful. He should get a good shot with the Pelicans, I hope he does.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    July 19, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Sounds like a great opportunity for him. I hope he is able to make the best if it.

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    July 19, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    FatMan86, it will be Sacramento's fault. Again.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    July 19, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Finally someone with a BYU bias acknowledges it is up to Fredette to prove he can make it in the NBA. To many BYU fans claim he just hasn't been given the chance. Well, let's see how he does in this situation. If he doesn't make it in New Orleans, he can't say he wasn't given a chance.

  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    July 19, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    I still wish the Jazz had taken Jimmer!.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    July 19, 2014 7:44 a.m.


    Nobody made any excuses for him. Harmon didn't and not a single commentor. Keep your false rhetorical points to yourself and the ewt crowd.

    There is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for Jimmer. He has been given some opportunities to play and for reasons unbeknownst to the public, his coaches haven't played him the minutes we all wanted him to play. He defense is very suspect and frustrating that that hasn't been a huge focus of his offseason time.

    There is obviously value in having Jimmer. Sacramento absolutely praised Jimmer as a person when the spoke with Chicago, and apparently Thibs has recommended Jimmer to NO. But, that value needs to increase if he is going to remain relevant in the league.

    If not, Europe is calling and hopefully Jimmer ended up with a decent degree from BYU. Good luck!

  • ChrisR centerville, UT
    July 19, 2014 5:51 a.m.

    Jimmer is overrated.

    July 19, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    I have to believe that with all the other players in the NBA who can't or don't play defense particularly well, there can still be a role for a shooter who is working on that aspect of the game, but who can deliver a scoring threat from distance at crucial points in a game. I have always admired Fredette and wish him the very best. I hope things work out in New Orleans.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    So if he flops this time, what will the excuse be?

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    I had great hopes that Jimmer would find a a place but Sacramento ruined that. Jimmer would have been much better to have been drafted with less expectations and to have worked his way in. Good luck in New Orleans asthe article states it is up to him now!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    Please let it go!

    Three years and now three teams signing for the league minimum.

    Time to move on.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jimmer! He should do well with this organization! He will be well received by BYU fans in Louisiana.

    Go Cougars!

  • DuckOuttaWater SLC , UT
    July 18, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    I loved watching highlights of Fredette in college but lets face it, the guy can't play defense. It's not that he doesn't play defense, he isn't capable or athletic enough to play it at the NBA level. Seems like a great kid though, wish him the best.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 18, 2014 7:40 p.m.

    I suspect if Jimmer improves his defense, he could be in a lot of demand in the NBA. If he didn't know it before he should know it now.