Ailene Voisin

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Final thoughts about departing Kings guard Jimmer Fredette

02/26/2014 5:57 PM

10/08/2014 11:40 AM

Here are a few final thoughts on Jimmer Fredette, soon to be a former member of the Kings organization:

* I understand why he pursued a buyout. The backup guard was in the midst of his best season (47.5 percent from the field, 49.3 from three-point range), but averaging only 11 minutes, down from 18 minutes during his rookie 2011-12 year. Then there was the matter of being on a roster overloaded with undersized guards.

* Time, place, circumstances matter. While his trade value was minimal before the Feb. 20 deadline, in the right situation, and when utilized in catch-and-shoot situations and not asked to handle the ball against pressure, he can help a team. The Kings’ overdribbling disease - pound, pound, pound - was contagious, but those shooting percentages shouldn’t be ignored.

* His size - 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds - was problematic. But Steve Kerr and John Paxson, among others of similar physical stature, enjoyed long careers and made a nice living shooting open jumpers. Imagine if he had received consistent playing time? Or played on a team with ball movers? I still think he can be an effective off-bench contributor ... somewhere out there.

* For all the criticism about his defense, he was a more physical defender this season.

* Finally, both Fredette and the recently-traded Marcus Thornton are class acts. Hope things work out for both of them.

About This Blog

Ailene Voisin, who has been with The Sacramento Bee since 1997, writes columns on a variety of sports, from the NBA, NFL and baseball to local high schools. Voisin previously worked for the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Angels and Clippers. Contact her at avoisin@sacbee.com or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.

 

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