Jimmer Fredette is working on not becoming one of those collegiate greats whose talents don’t necessarily translate into the league. Five years removed from being the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Fredette sees himself yet again back in the summer league. This time it’s with the Denver Nuggets as he’s trying to make his presence felt and stabilize himself with a team.
That fandom that he once had back in Brigham Young University is still there and the aura was felt every time he touched the ball in his summer league game last night. Playing against the Memphis Grizzlies, Jimmer Fredette dropped a huge 26 points to help the Nuggets win 106-62.
Jimmer’s journey so far has been nothing less than a bumpy road. In 5 years, he’s played for 4 different teams and also spent some time in the Development League just last year. The talent is there, but as an undersized, score-first point guard, there aren’t a lot of teams jumping for joy ready to sign this guy. At 27 years old, it seems like his time in the NBA is slowly slimming down. Playing on a young, guard heavy Nuggets team isn’t the right fit but at the same time, if he can produce well like he did last night, that exposure can work out in his favor.
For a guy that was so beloved and did such amazing things at the collegiate level, its tough to see him go on like this. He’s such an enjoyment to watch and just from the excitement that fans showed him last night, its obvious that people still love to watch him play, including myself. Where the road will end for Jimmer Fredette is still unknown but I sure do wish him the best.