Jimmer Fredette says he’s a better player now, eyeing return to NBA
Perhaps this isn’t your father’s Jimmer Fredette—or, more appropriately, your Jimmer (just as you know him).
The BYU product who dominated the collegiate ranks yet never could quite fit in at the next level now feels he’s a much better player and with that, is eyeing a return to the NBA, via Liz Roscher of Yahoo! Sports.
“I’ve been able to go out and play where I’m a leader of the team, and looked at to do a lot of different things. Some nights I have to be a facilitator and get other guys involved, some nights I have to rebound the basketball well, and a lot of nights they need me to score. People see the scoring and oftentimes that’s all they think about with me, but I try to get better at all aspects my the game and become a better basketball player.”
“Things have changed a lot from when I entered the league with three-point shooting now at a real premium as well as guys who can really hit the deep threes and give their superstars space to operate. There’s a lot of transition, a lot of moving the ball, things I excel in, so I think the league has really changed to my favor since I got into the NBA.”
Fredette, 29, was drafted 10th overall by the Sacramento Kings circa 2011. After just two and a half seasons with his original team, Jimmer’s bounced around from the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans to a last-ditch stint with the New York Knicks whom he last played for during the 2015-16 NBA season.
Since playing overseas over the last few seasons, Fredette believes it’s now time to make a return. Will any of the 30 NBA organizations show interest in the BYU standout? It’s the only important question of the moment.