Posted by: Jeff Winget on March 19th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
With all the buzz surrounding Jimmer Fredette and his potential in a Jazz uniform, I think that it’s time for me to weigh in. What I’m about to write won’t be popular, but I have to say it. The Jazz shouldn’t draft Jimmer with either one of their lottery picks.
In saying this, I have to say that I think Jimmer will be an asset to whatever team he goes to in the league. I think a team like Phoenix or Golden State will snag him in the draft, and he will flourish in that type of system. I also think that after his performance against Gonzaga tonight, his draft stock will rise even more. So, with that being said, here are my five reasons that the Jazz shouldn’t draft Jimmer.
- Number 5: he’s a tweener in a bad way. The NBA is full of guys who play multiple positions. AK47 might be the ultimate example of this. For most players this is an advantage. For Jimmer it’s not. Jimmer shoots and scores like a shooting guard, but he is built like a point guard. So, in the NBA, he will be too small to play SG and too slow and not a good enough passer to play point guard. He’s a tweener because of genetics, not because of skill.
- Number 4: he doesn’t fill a need for the Jazz. Yes, I know the Jazz need a shooter in the worst way imaginable, but they need a shooter who will fit within their system. At BYU, Jimmer is the offense. His usage rate is ridiculously high even for a scoring point guard, and he is the most effective when he is able to create for himself. I have a hard time seeing him producing by running the Harpring curl for a spot up 15-footer 10 times a night. He needs the ball to produce, and he won’t have that within the flex.
- Number 3: the Jazz need athleticism. By trading away Deron Williams, the Jazz got a lot less explosive and athletic on the guard line. CJ Miles is the most athletic guy in the rotation right now, and the Jazz need a few more athletic guys in the mix to help on both ends of the floor. Jimmer isn’t athletic. He’s crafty and has a fantastic step-back jumper, but that doesn’t make him athletic.
- Number 2: he’s 6′2″. If he was Kyle Korver’s height, I’d be all over it, but he’s not. You can’t fix that with practice either.
- Number 1: he’s a terrible defender. DraftExpress sums up his defensive liabilities this way:
“The biggest concern about Fredette’s transition to the NBA clearly lies on the defensive end. He is a poor defender, even at the college level, showing average length, heavy feet and unimpressive lateral quickness. He rarely gets into an actual defensive stance, fails to get a hand up on shooters and shows little interest in trying to fight through screens. The same laid-back approach that makes him so difficult to get off-kilter offensively is a serious detriment to his work on the other end, potentially making him a liability in the NBA.” –http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jimmer-Fredette-5810/#ixzz1H6sbKdS0
I know there are a bunch of Jazz fans that would love to see their favorite college player come to the Jazz. I’ve gone through it with Bogut and Van Horn in the past, so I can relate. However, in Jimmer’s case, I don’t think he is a good fit for the Jazz, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. For Jimmer’s sake, fans should want him to go to Phoenix or New York, where he will flourish in the fun-and-gun system and be able to mask his liabilities, especially on the defensive end. As for the Jazz, they should look elsewhere.
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