Jimmer Fredette got another chance in the NBA this season with the Phoenix Suns. However, he failed to live up to the hype.
He was a legend in college as he made March Madness his playground. He didn’t pan out in the NBA and ended up in China, where he was basically a basketball god. Jimmer Fredette got another chance in the NBA this season on the Phoenix Suns but it wasn’t pretty.
When you think of Jimmer, you think of his BYU days and his Steph Curry-esque style of play. In today’s modern league, it’s shocking that it didn’t work out for him his first time around. But it didn’t and he ended up in China, where he played out of his mind. But really any one with any ounce of skill should stand out there.
The Suns had one ugly season and as the finish line approached, the injuries piled up and the need for a guard stayed ever present, they decided to take a chance. It was perfect timing, let’s be honest, as a stud from March Madness past was signed during March Madness present.
Many fans got really excited as they wanted to see how he’d developed and thought for sure he’d bring some exciting offense to the valley at the very least with nothing really left to play for this season at the time. A lot of people just had one thought and that was to unleash Jimmer time.
He couldn’t have really asked for a better opportunity so the ball was in his hands.
He only played 4 minutes in his debut and he missed his only shot. However, no one thought much of it as he needed time to adjust his body clock, learn the play book and find his role. No problem.
His second game was in Utah, home of BYU, in front of his “hometown” fans who were very much cheering him on. It should have been the story line of a pretty good game for him. However, he only made 1 of his 10 shots, missed all 5 treys and scored just 6 points. He also “robbed” Devin Booker of the chance to get to 60 points.
The rest of the season didn’t really get any better as he finished with a total of 22 points on 29 shots, only made 27 percent of his field goal attempts and didn’t make a single three on 13 tries.
For those that were excited to watch Jimmer, you were left with a bad taste in your mouth. He failed you. He failed us. This was not what we, as fans, were hoping for and no one else can really be blamed but him.
Grade : F
He has a team option for next year but at this point, I doubt it will be picked up.
Jimmer’s run in Phoenix was short and he may have played his way out of the NBA. Again.