LAS VEGAS The first night of Jimmer Fredette's education as an NBA point guard via the NBA summer league looked like a repeat of a bad game from his rookie season.
Fredette shot 2 of 11 amid constant pressure from the Bobcats. Fredette finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds in a 121-87 loss Friday night at Cox Pavilion.
Bothered by the pressure, Fredette looked uncomfortable for most of the game. But the Kings want him to work through these issues, which plagued him as a rookie.
With starting point guard Isaiah Thomas not playing in the summer league, there will be plenty of chances for Fredette to work on what went wrong.
"At some point, he has to figure it out," said Kings summer league co-head coach Bobby Jackson. "I want him to be a bit more aggressive on the pick-and-rolls. He's got to understand that's what guys are going to do because he can shoot the ball. He didn't shoot the ball well (Friday), but he's got to be the guy that's aggressive and gets us in our stuff. He'll figure it out."
The Kings need Fredette to figure it out. The team needs another ballhandler besides Thomas, especially if the Kings do not move Tyreke Evans back to point guard.
The Kings, among the worst-shooting teams in the NBA last season, also need Fredette's scoring ability.
"He's got to be aggressive at all times," said Thomas, who watched the game from the bench. "He's got to be aggressive to score. He's such a good shooter, it's something he's great at. I think he's just a little timid out there, kind of like during the season, a little too unselfish. He's going to have a good week once he gets the jitters out."
Almost a full squad The Bobcats used three players who were starters at the end of last season in guard Kemba Walker, forward Byron Mullens and center Bismack Biyombo.
The Bobcats, however, ended the season on a 23-game losing streak and finished with the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106).
But in summer league games, even starters from a bad team have a big advantage against players who are backups or simply looking for a chance in the NBA.
Add Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in last month's NBA draft, to the lineup, and that's four projected starters for the Bobcats in the summer league.
"That's pretty much their starting squad," Jackson said. "They may be down, but they're competitors. When you put anybody's starting five against guys that probably aren't our starting five, what's really going to happen?"
Jackson said that didn't excuse the Kings for committing 23 turnovers or allowing 21 offensive rebounds to the Bobcats.
School's almost out Thomas has three more days of class next week to finish his degree in American ethnic studies at Washington.
That's one reason the second-year guard isn't playing in the summer league. The other is to give Fredette a chance to play. Thomas admitted sitting out is tough.
"I wish I could come out there and help the guys," he said. " I'm going to try to do the best I can from the bench."
More support Guard Marcus Thornton and center DeMarcus Cousins were also at Friday's game.
Head coach Keith Smart wants starters to attend games to support their teammates and continue to build chemistry the Kings have lacked on and off the court.