Jimmer Fredette wants one more chance in the NBA, vows to succeed
In an interview with HoopsHype‘s Bryan Kalbrosky, former NBA point guard Jimmer Fredette discussed his hopes to return stateside after dominating in China’s professional basketball league (the CBA) with the Shangai Sharks.
Fredette, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is averaging 38.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range for the Sharks this season.
“I want to have another opportunity in the NBA because there is some unfinished business for me there. After this season is over, I want another NBA chance. This time, I’ll succeed. I feel really good about how I am playing. I know that if I get a chance, I will take advantage of it and be successful and help a team win. I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’m going to finish my contract in China this season and be the best I can be for my team. But after that, I will see what is out there and try to be on a roster for the NBA postseason.”
During Fredette’s NBA career, the former BYU star played for four teams in five seasons, averaging just 6.0 points and 1.4 assists per game with career-highs of 7.6 points and 1.8 assists per game coming in his rookie season.
Despite shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range for his career, he was all but out of the league by 2015-2016, as he spent the majority of the season in the NBA G-League wreaking havoc with the Westchester Knicks and earning G-League MVP honors.
However, Fredette has focused on becoming a better off-ball threat and defender, with his on-court maturation accelerated by his life off-the-court.
Fredette, who also wants to return to the NBA in order to be closer to his family, is as focused as ever on becoming the best player he can be.
With three consecutive seasons averaging at least 36.0 points and 4.0 assists per game, all while shooting above 39.0 percent from three-point range in each of those seasons, Fredette has made a name for himself in the CBA.
Can he do it in the best professional basketball league in the world? He certainly thinks so.