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Old 03-31-2011, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Should the Utah Jazz draft Jimmer Fredette?

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The Jazz will have two lottery picks in the June draft, so they can address at least a couple of their needs. One is outside shooting. One is selling tickets.

Hmmm. Ö Anybody come to mind?

Yeah, itís time to tackle the question: Is Jimmer Fredette a viable option for the Jazz? Or would he be a waste of a pick?

Itís not as though they havenít scouted his games, along with every other NBA team. Twenty-eight of the 30 league clubs requested credentials at the Marriott Center this year, and the Jazz were foremost among them. Their personnel, including Kevin OíConnor, have watched Fredette play in person between 10 and 20 times. At least 25 scouts were on hand when BYU played at San Diego State.

What did they see?

They saw what we all saw: A point guard of average speed able to pass at a moderate level, able to split defenders and create his own shots off the dribble, able to penetrate to and finish at the basket, able to spot up and cross over and elevate and come off ball screens for crazy-long shots, hitting 3s from NBA distance and beyond at a clip of 40 percent.

They also saw undisciplined, out-of-control drives, forced shots and a loose handle that sometimes led to silly turnovers. They did not see a whole lot of defense.

One team executive who requested anonymity because heís not permitted to comment on prospects says Jimmerís offense is a go, but his defense is a real concern.
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Re: Should the Utah Jazz draft Jimmer Fredette?

I don't know if I buy the pressure to perform argument, he had plenty of pressure all year as the nation's cinderella story and never tailed off, even in the tournament. He doesn't look like the type to wither..if anything playing in his environment would be good for him, there aren't many places like Utah out there.

End of the day though, he's a rotation guard, you don't draft those in the lottery.
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I don't know if I buy the pressure to perform argument, he had plenty of pressure all year as the nation's cinderella story and never tailed off, even in the tournament. He doesn't look like the type to wither..if anything playing in his environment would be good for him, there aren't many places like Utah out there.

End of the day though, he's a rotation guard, you don't draft those in the lottery.
Actually, you do, especially in a draft like this. Check out the 2006 draft, which was pretty weak in its own right. JJ Redick has turned into an arguable top 10 player in that draft, is a backup SG, and he went in the lottery. A guy with a surefire NBA skill who you know will be able to contribute something at the professional level absolutely deserves some consideration in the late lottery.

Now, the Jazz could use someone with his skill set, and honestly, can you name more than 10 guys who you think will be better professionals than he will? Should he eventually become starter-worthy, the Jazz might even be able to mask his lack of defense by matching him with Devin Harris,
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Actually, you do, especially in a draft like this. Check out the 2006 draft, which was pretty weak in its own right. JJ Redick has turned into an arguable top 10 player in that draft, is a backup SG, and he went in the lottery. A guy with a surefire NBA skill who you know will be able to contribute something at the professional level absolutely deserves some consideration in the late lottery.

Now, the Jazz could use someone with his skill set, and honestly, can you name more than 10 guys who you think will be better professionals than he will? Should he eventually become starter-worthy, the Jazz might even be able to mask his lack of defense by matching him with Devin Harris,
If you're going to use that logic to take a scoring point guard in the lottery this year, just draft Kemba Walker, who's athletic enough to defend his position in the NBA and is more likely to have his offensive repertoire translate.
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If you're going to use that logic to take a scoring point guard in the lottery this year, just draft Kemba Walker, who's athletic enough to defend his position in the NBA and is more likely to have his offensive repertoire translate.
Oops, forgot about that Nets pick. If you guys were only picking in the late lottery, I would've said that Walker and Knight would both be gone by then, but absolutely, pick one of those two early and take the BPA later, or take one of the superstuds early on (Barnes, Williams, Jones, Kanter) and snag Fredette in the late lottery if you don't use that early pick on Kyrie Irving.
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Re: Should the Utah Jazz draft Jimmer Fredette?

I think drafting Jimmer would help rebuild & rejuvenate some of the jazz's lost fan base. A lot of people have turned their back on the jazz because with all the losing this season.( i have not) I think Jimmer could be a good fit. The Jazz definitely need a scorer. But that implies another question. Can he play the PG in the NBA? Or can he play SG? He's a little undersized to play SG. In the tournament he showcased some of his PG skills in terms of passing & finding his team-mates, but a lot of scouts are still debating whether that will translate to the NBA.

His defense..or lack there of can be fixed because defense can be learned & taught, but it takes a lot of hard work. Also Jimmer wasn't asked to play defense at BYU. But Jimmer appears to have a strong work ethic, so i don't think his defense will be a problem except when he plays against taller players. There's no way he can effectively guard players such as kobe bryant or kevin durant.

I personally think it would be a great business move for the jazz to draft him( because of ticket sales & merchandise sales) Greg Miller & Kevin O'Conner seem to like those kinds of deals. We will see. Nbadraft.net currently has the jazz selecting Perry Jones with the 6th pick & Kemba Walker with the 12th pick.

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NO...they should not.
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NO...they should not.
And why shouldn't they?
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