Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What Happened to You, Jimmer Fredette?

Several weeks ago, I sent several people the link to an excellent analysis on Grantland.com titled What Happened to You, Jimmer Fredette?

Since then, I have had a chance to see Jimmer play twice in person. While he was in the game, I made a point of focusing on him. Jimmer looked lost, afraid and overmatched on the floor.

I wrote the following post titled Bobby Hurley Redux last fall, but never published it.
Bobby Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 7th pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.

Hurley was a point guard for Duke University's men's basketball team from 1989 to 1993. He was a first-team All-American in 1993, went to the Final Four three times, and led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992, earning Final Four MVP honors in 1992. Hurley remains the NCAA all-time assists leader with 1076 assists.

As I mentioned before [footnote here], Larkin and I ended up dropping our season tickets after the Kings drafted Hurley. At the time, I was convinced that it was horrible draft pick. Between 1993 and 1997, Hurley played parts of five seasons in Sacramento. It can be argued that the traffic accident in his rookie year changed the course of Hurley's career. Nevertheless, I never thought that he had an NBA body or game.

In this year's draft, the Kings ended up picking Jimmer Fredette. After watching Jimmer against San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference championship game, I am very concerned that Jimmer is Hurley 2.0. I am very worried that Jimmer will not adjust to the speed and athleticism of the NBA game.

Only time will tell...

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