Sunday, June 5, 2011
Best NBA Team For Jimmer Fredette
One team that is often mentioned in the Jimmer sweepstakes is the Utah Jazz. Jimmer played at BYU and so the good people of Utah are very familiar with his name and game and would come out in droves to see him play. The Jazz have the #3 and #12 picks in the lottery and if they go big with their first pick they could draft Jimmer at #12. The Jazz already have some solid pieces in the front court with Paul Milsap, Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson and could use an elite three-point shooter to spread the defense and take some pressure off of their bigs. Playing next to Devon Harris would allow Jimmer to play his more natural position of shooting guard while he learns and develops his point guard skills.
The Houston Rockets traded away Brooks to Phoenix and now have a hole to fill at the point guard position. Kyle Lowry is a serviceable player but lacks an outside shot and is not a dynamic player. The Rockets have done a good job of bringing in young talent to the front court, now they need to address the back court and find a game changing guard. With the #14 pick Jimmer might be the perfect fit.
Jimmer is coming into the league with a ton of hype and will generate a lot of buzz for whichever franchise drafts him but he also comes in with a lot of question marks. Can he play point guard? Is he the next Fred Hoiberg or JJ Redick? Can he defend against NBA guards?
It's going to be really fun on draft night seeing who wins the Jimmer sweepstakes and it will be fun watching him step onto the court next season to try to answer those questions and prove the doubters wrong.