Jimmer Fredette could be given another shot at the NBA in the upcoming season and the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a good fit for him.
Jimmer Fredette was a college sensation at Brigham Young University, where he developed his own sense of three-point range before Stephen Curry was making headlines in the NBA.
Fredette worked his way to becoming the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to struggling to hold a NBA roster spot. In fact, he has been on four teams in five seasons.
He wasn’t a bad shooter during his NBA career, with a shooting line of .412/.381/.876. He averaged 6.0 points in 13.4 minutes per game during his career.
The reason for his falling out was being unable to efficiently do what his niche is, shooting three-pointers. During the 2014-15 season with the New Orleans Pelicans, he shot 18.8 percent from three-point range, going 9-for-48 in 50 games.
He played a total of 18 minutes in six games for two teams during the 2015-16 season before finding himself in the NBA’s Developmental League (D-League).
Fredette, 27, played in 40 games for the Westchester Knicks and played very well. He averaged 21.1 points, 5.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game last season. He was also an efficient shooter, with a line of .458/.411/.904.
That should be enough to get any general manager’s interest in the NBA. But in case it isn’t, he’s also having a productive summer in the Las Vegas Summer League (LVSL).
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Fredette is playing with the Denver Nuggets’ LVSL team. He didn’t have a great game in the team’s opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He only connected on 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) of shots while tallying four points and six assists.
He really showcased himself in their second game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He played 27 minutes and went 9-for-18 (50.0 percent) from the field and 4-for-8 (50.0 percent) from three-point range. He scored 26 points and also had three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Fredette could fit in as the Cavs’ third point guard. Kyrie Irving will be the starter in Cleveland, but there isn’t a clear fit behind him. Kay Felder and Mo Williams are the two candidates to play behind Irving, however Jordan McRae could also fit into a backup point guard spot.
Nonetheless, Jimmer would add something that Felder and McRae can’t, and that’s a consistent three-point shot. The Cavs already acquired Mike Dunleavy to help space the floor, but Fredette would add an extra shooter.
The Cavaliers should consider bringing Fredette in to compete for a backup or third point guard spot. He has proven that he can hit the three-pointer with consistency. If he does sign and comes into training camp to compete with the Cavs’ point guards, he could find himself on the opening roster.