Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm  |  22 responses

JJ Redick Talks Jimmer Fredette

by Jeremy Bauman / @JBauman13

As BYU and The Jimmer tipped off against undefeated San Diego State last night, I was fortunate enough to be in the same locker room as another “slow, unathletic” shooter who was somewhat doubted as he came into the NBA after his senior year in college: JJ Redick.

Chosen with the 11th pick in the 2006 Draft, Redick wasn’t an immediate impact player and it took him a while to realize what his role would be at the highest level, which is why his critique and advice in particular is valuable to anybody who wants to take a peak into the future of The Jimmer.

“I haven’t watched him play much since the Tournament last year, but he’s a special player — a talented guy. I hope he has a great senior year and hopefully we can see him in the League next year.

“I wouldn’t doubt him. He’s gonna have a chance to play in the League, that’s for sure. I haven’t seen enough of him, but anybody who puts up those kinds of numbers obviously has that kind of competitive streak. He’s gonna give himself a chance to play in this league for sure.

“Continue to work on your weakness but also be who you are. That’s most important because if you can carve out a niche for yourself in this league, that’s a great thing.”

As Redick implies, whether you are a superstar or a role player on an NBA team, the fact of the matter is that you are in the League doing what you love to do.

With all of the “Can Jimmer play in the NBA?” talk that’s going around right now, people should keep Redick’s thoughts in mind.

Is Jimmer smart/savvy enough to fill a role in the NBA? Yes.

Does he lead well enough? Yes.

Can he shoot well enough? Yes.

Whether he can guard point guards at the highest level and whether he is athletic enough remains to be seen, but I’m with JJ — I wouldn’t doubt this kid, either.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Such a fun game last night. Great idea on this write-up, Jeremy. Thanks.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    cant doubt his shot. it’s nice. i just dont think there’s any way he can defend enough to get playing time. he has very very little athleticism. present day derek fisher athleticism. there are tons of shooters in the nba, got to be extra special to play. thats why guys like steve novak and adam morrison couldnt get any burn

  • http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Russell_vs._Wilt nbk

    He will be right in the mold of Eddie House in the NBA. Slower release, a little less athletic, better ball handler. Defensive issues will be too big of a hill to climb, especially at the 1 where it is now a PG’s league

  • Dre

    Why do people keep calling him unathletic… just because he doesn’t dunk. He is not J. Wall or Rose but he has good speed and good handles and can shoot from anywhere on the court. He will be an NBA player for years to come.

  • Ethan

    Maybe you should interview Mike Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Luke Ridnour, Steve Blake, and Kyle Korver too. I’ve heard people doubt their “athletcism” as well. We’re all just lucky that they’re “scrappy” and get the most of of their “talent”

  • greg

    ethan hes slower than all of those pgs you just mentioned except hinrich who has always been known for defense. miller and korver are not getting broken down in the middle of the floor like a pg would and that leads open 3s dunks for bigs and lanes for driving. on the other hand a team like sacramento should draft him and make him play off ball with reke while switching on defense and cause fits on offense

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He is overrated, on a team where he gets to shoot like Stephan Curry was on. So his numbers will be big. Curry has struggled in the league so Jimmer will too, if he gets a shot to play his rookie year. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ^how has Curry struggled? runner up in ROY last year, averaging 19/6/2 steals shooting 47% (higher than Rose, Deron, Westbrook)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    When are we all going to get over comparing white players only to other white players? I agree with the commenter who brought up Eddie House. That is exactly who Jimmer Fredette reminds me of.

  • D12FSU

    eddie house has 0 handles, Jimmer will be a good 6th man for any team.. if JJ Barea can be in an NBA rotation (hes shooting 26% from 3) then Jimmer will make it in the NBA

  • T-Money

    Eddie House is a very good comparison actually. A bit slower but with better handles. I guess his floor is House and his ceiling is JJ Barea. Not sure he’s as crafty as JJ with the rock, though. The problem is that he’s much smaller than JJ Redick and slower too. JJ always got a raw deal from the media, he’s not slow and he’s actually a decent leaper.

  • logues

    fredette doesnt compare to redick at all. first of all, hes a point guard. all jj redicks game in college was spot up 3s and run around and get 20 screens. jimmer has a nasty cross over(u see that double cross 3 pointer??) and makes alot of plays off the dribble. the only reason hes getting compared to redick is cuz hes white, ok so they both can shoot 3s

  • http://slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    I’m not saying that Redick is slow or unathletic and I’m also not saying that about Jimmer. The point is that is how they are speculated about because of the fact that they are white. It annoys me too, trust me. Jimmer is a very talented player and so is JJ but they are doubted a ton because of how they play and the weaknesses in their game.
    Im not saying theyre exactly alike but they have similarities in their game and both have been doubted but keep going.

  • ClydeSays

    Redick took a few years of stewing on the bench before he realized he’d have to play both sides of the ball if he wanted consistent minutes. If he’s going to give any advice to Jimmer it should be that.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude isnt nba material.. end of discussion

  • warren

    Jimbo simply doesn’t have the foot speed to make it in the NBA

  • toinefan88

    Jimmer is very quick.

  • PH

    Jimmer is so over rated it’s ridiculous! Did anyone check his stats from the FL game. He was 3-15 from the 3 point line. 11-29 overall. Had 6 turnovers! He played in a weak conferance and was allowed to shoot anytime he felt like it!

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    He is a very good shooter. That’s it. He can chuck it whenever he wants as evidenced by the FL game. He doesn’t have the best handle. He plays zero defense. And he’s not the most athletic player in the world. Eddie House is a good comparison.

  • Ed neely

    Geez does nobody watch jimmers games? Teams put their best players on him and he blows by them, I mean blows by them. The lack of athleticism comments are hilarious. Ask San Diego St how unathletic he is. He had the crowd laughing out loud with some of his crossovers. He’s a lot quicker with the ball than people think.

    Derrick Rose said he was scoring a lot against team USA and that was a year ago.

  • Killer Bees

    nbadraft.net updated today April 14th Jimmer #7, Kemba #13!

  • Netmaster

    Can you tell me who the last point guard who was great at both ends of the court was? Do we have to go back to John Stockton? My point is that if Jimmer plays average defense, he will find himself among the top half of point guards in the league and probably an impact player as soon as he gets meaningful minutes. Even though he played point guard for only two years, he ended up with more assists than all but two players in the history of his conference. He is exactly average height for a starting NBA point guard and five pounds heavier, and he jumps better than most with a 36″ vertical leap. Sadly, he was injured in his last game and ended up shooting only 11 for 29 and losing in overtime to an Elite Eight team. Too bad his teammates shot even worse (14 for 42).