Jimmer Fredette Opens Up About His Time in Sacramento
Shortly after the Sacramento Kings released Jimmer Fredette after two and a half seasons on the team, Fredette opened up about his time in Sacramento and answered questions from the media.
Fredette was released Thursday afternoon after he failed to meet high expectations after a standout career at BYU. The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft ahead of Kawhi Leonard, Iman Shumpert, Kenneth Faried, Norris Cole and Jimmy Butler.
“It was a great character building experience for me,” Fredette said. “Obviously I appreciate the fact that the Kings even drafted me. They drafted me pretty high, and it was a great opportunity for me to start my career.”
His struggles can be attributed to several causes. The Kings are guard heavy which made it difficult for Fredette to see the floor and have new management that didn’t draft him. His scoring average and minutes per game decreased each year he played for the team. He was averaging 5.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season before he was released.
Although he struggled to find playing time, Fredette was shooting nearly 50 percent from the 3-point line. He believes he can still contribute to another team in the NBA and admitted that he did not play as much as he would have liked to in Sacramento.
“I feel like when I got an opportunity to play, I played well and I think I showed that I can be a good player in this league and help a team out. I think I was able to accomplish that when I was able to play. Obviously, sometimes I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but that’s okay,” Fredette said when asked if he received a fair opportunity in Sacramento.
Sacramento’s new management tried to trade him before the deadline but couldn’t find a suitable deal. Once the deadline passed, they released Fredette to allow him to have an opportunity to contribute to a team. For that, Fredette was thankful.
“I appreciate it very very much. Vivek [Ranadive] and Pete [D’Alessandro] and everybody that was involved — Mark Mastrov and the guys in the front office — they were all true to their word. They said they wanted to do what was best for me and for my career and they were able to do that,” Fredette said.
Expect Fredette to be picked up by a contending team looking for an outside threat.
Update: Fredette has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls.
Sports-Kings Pass the Pill Contributor Mark Pace @THEMarkPace