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Jimmer Fredette is still looking to make a dent into what has been a short career thus far. From being the man at BYU to trying to find a gig in the NBA, the word journey is an understatement when describing his career.
The Stephen Curry of BYU, Fredette was the man on campus just 5 years ago. He encompassed 2599 points over his 4 year span. Playing at such a small school was tough for exposure, but as his play emerged, the Cougars became a common occurrence on ESPN. I fell victim to the ‘Jimmer fever‘ myself. Deep threes, buzzer beaters, and 52 point performances; how could you not like it?
However, once his time was up and it was time for the NBA, there were many doubters. Some thought he didn’t fit and he lacked defense but that didn’t stop Jimmer or the Milwaukee Bucks from drafting him. He was quickly traded to the Sacramento Kings where he played for three years but he didn’t quite live up to all the hype. Jimmer found himself on multiple teams over the next two years before ultimately ending up playing in the development league. We had flashbacks of Jimmer as he lit things up for the Westchester Knicks which included a MVP performance in the D-league All-Star game.
He later found himself with a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks and “We Want Jimmer” chants in Madison Square Garden. Jimmer Fredette’s career is far from over. He still has time to make his stamp in the NBA and prove all his doubters wrong. I’m a fan of Fredette and have been since his BYU days. I wish him the best and I’m expecting a resurgence from the young guard in the upcoming years.