Jimmer Fredette has watched more basketball this season than he would have liked.
Two years ago, Fredette was a superstar at BYU and college basketball's consensus Player of the Year. Now, two seasons into his NBA career, he's just another player trying to earn consistent playing time.
But you don't hear Fredette complain.
"As a competitor and a basketball player, you obviously want to be out there playing all the time," Fredette said. "You want to try to help the team out as much as you can. But you can just control the things that you can control, and my job is to continue to come in and work hard every day.
"I know I'm progressing as a basketball player, and that's the most important thing. And when you get an opportunity, you just have to go out and show it, so that's what I've been trying to do all year."
Fredette has played in 65 of the Kings' 78 games, averaging seven points in 13.7 minutes.
But in the team's mix of point guards, Fredette has been No. 3 most of the season. He has shown signs of being a proficient scorer off the bench at shooting guard, but minutes behind Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton are hard to come by.
That hasn't stopped Fredette from working on his game before practices and often being the first player off the bench to greet teammates during timeouts.
Kings coach Keith Smart said Fredette is a "true professional" because of how he's handled the season.
"As you're building a team and you're sifting through who can get you to the next level, he's definitely one of those guys because he does all the things winning basketball players do," Smart said. "He supports his teammates."
Despite his limited playing time, Fredette might be the Kings' most popular player with fans. It's not uncommon to see more Fredette jerseys than those of Evans or DeMarcus Cousins when the team is on the road.
Fredette said he's made it through the season by staying positive, something that hasn't gone unnoticed.
"I'm sure it's a tough situation, but that's what makes him a great pro," Kings forward Jason Thompson said. "He doesn't go to the media or anything like that.
"Obviously, he wants to be on the floor and produce. It's just a tough situation that some of us have been through. Some guys try to give him advice. He's a great pro. He'll come in after not playing much and hit three shots in a row."
The Kings have asked Fredette to work to get his shot off quicker so he can take advantage of his shooting ability. Defenders are overly aggressive against Fredette, working on the premise that he cannot get his shot off without optimal spacing.
"We want to work with him on that quick release," Smart said. "Coming off the screen and just let it go."
Fredette also has worked on making shots in unorthodox ways, including a fadeaway jumper.
"Definitely been working on that to create a little more separation if there's a big guy there," Fredette said. "Shooting off the wrong foot, shooting with the wrong hand, just however you can get your shot off. As long as you have that balance and you're square to the rim, then it can be a good shot when you get to the lane."
So even if Fredette plays a lot - or not at all - in the final four games, he'll head into the offseason proud of his progress.
And in his third season, he doesn't plan to do as much watching.
"I feel like I've learned a lot; I've progressed and I'm ready to take the next step," Fredette said. "I'm ready to have a crucial role on a team and play well and play a lot of minutes. I'm confident in my abilities, and I can help a team out. I'm excited to be able to show that. I'll finish the season strong, have a great summer and be ready for next year."