Weekend poll: How do you see Jimmer Fredette's future?

Leading Off: It's time Kings give Fredette a real shot

Published: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 - 2:24 pm

We're nearing the end of Jimmer Fredette's second season with the Kings, and it's still unclear if the guard is talented enough to have a long and successful career in the NBA.

Has it really been two years since Fredette lit up college basketball and "Jimmermania" went viral and became an overnight YouTube sensation?

We may never know if Fredette was worthy of a top-10 pick in 2011 or if his acquisition via trade with Milwaukee on draft night was more about selling tickets and merchandise. There is no question that he's one of the Kings' most popular players.

When he doesn't play, we hear about it – and some of the calls and emails are nasty. When he plays well, we hear about that, too.

In both cases, Fredette fans say he hasn't been given a fair shake.

With the release of point guard Aaron Brooks on Friday, Kings coach Keith Smart needs to give Fredette consistent playing time over the last 22 games so the team can make a fair assessment on his future.

In the five games before Friday's contest in San Antonio, Fredette played 21, eight, nine, zero and 27 minutes. In Wednesday's blowout over Orlando, he had 13 points and four assists in 27 minutes. In Tuesday's double-overtime loss to Miami, he never left the bench.

Give Fredette 20-22 minutes every game and see what he can do. It's the only way to find out if he has a future in the league.

What to do

High school basketball playoffs, Sleep Train Arena: Starting at 11:30 a.m., one admission gets you six Sac-Joaquin Section championship games.

Weekend poll

How do you see Jimmer Fredette's future?

• If given the chance, he could be an NBA starter.

• He'll be a decent NBA backup guard.

• He's just not good enough for the NBA.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Friday's results

Do you enjoy high school sports at Sleep Train Arena?

• Yes, it's a great show: 54%

• No, it's too expensive: 25%

• I have no interest: 21%

Total votes: 154

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