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 BlogAilene 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.
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