Jimmer Fredette, born on February 25, 1989, just completed playing four years of collegiate basketball at Brigham Young University. During the 2011 season, Jimmer was the leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball, as well as the winner of multiple Player of the Year awards. Jimmer, out of Glen Falls, NY has divided scouts, analysts, and fans alike as to whether he will be successful on the NBA level.
Simply put, Jimmer is one of the most talked about players in this draft.
Jimmer Scouting Report Video Via DraftExpress.com:
Judging The Fit: It is well known that the Knicks like Jimmer a lot. In fact, they were close to giving him a guarantee last year. The Knicks have a need for outside shooting and a young point guard. Jimmer could potentially fill both voids. Jimmer piques the Knicks interest due to his outside shooting. He has a very quick release and needs just an inch of space in order to get his shot off. In Coach D’Antoni’s system, having outside shooters is needed because the system is based on spreading the floor. Having a shooter like Jimmer next to Amar’e and Carmelo would ensure that opposing defenses would have to think twice before sending the double on Stat or Melo.
Additionally, there is hope that under D’Antoni’s tutelage Fredette, who is viewed by many as being a high IQ player, will develop point guard instincts and one day become capable of taking the reins from Chauncey Billups.
The problem with picking Jimmer is that he is a combo guard. Standing at only 6’ feet, Jimmer is not big enough to play shooting guard at the NBA level. With Toney Douglas already on the roster, is there space for another combo guard?
As for defense, like many of the current Knicks, Jimmer is a below average defender. Scouts believe that Jimmers’ defense is the biggest flaw in his game. Adding him to an already below average defensive team may not be the right move.
In terms of outside shooting, Jimmer could be the best player in this draft, but the question is, can Jimmer develop point guard instincts? If not, can the Knicks afford to have two combo guards on the roster.
The Verdict: Jimmer fits a definite need and if he were to still be on the board I do not see any way the Knicks could pass on him. Sure, he is not a pure point and plays no defense, but his shooting would be lethal in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Plus, Jimmer is the hometown kid.
It is important to realize that it is very unlikely that Jimmer Fredette will still be on the board at the 17th selection (most mock drafts have him off the board by the 15th pick).
All things considered I’d give it a 15% chance that Jimmer Fredette is the selection at 17.