Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  37 responses

Jimmer Fredette Put on a Show for the Utah Jazz During Workout

Fredette, a rock star already in Utah, did not disappoint in his workout for the Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “The Jimmer Fredette circus arrived Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The show was packed; the scene was a riot. And Fredette again stole the spotlight. Building off strong performances during four previous NBA Draft workouts, the former Brigham Young guard accomplished exactly what he set out to do weeks ago when initial plans took shape for a highly hyped session with the Jazz. Fredette got his long-desired matchup against ex-Connecticut star Kemba Walker, holding his own against a player many consider to be a lock for a top-10 pick in the June 23 draft. Fredette also drilled shots he was expected to sink, while drawing praise for his sharp passing and improved defense. In turn, the undersized combo guard who entered the five-week buildup toward selection day facing numerous questions and serious doubts ended Wednesday’s session by making more believers. ‘I thought it was one of my better workouts. I really did. I thought I played very well,’ said Fredette, who competed against Walker, Malcolm Lee (UCLA), Josh Harrellson (Kentucky), Senario Hillman (Alabama) and Paul Carter (Illinois-Chicago) for more than an hour at the Jazz practice facility. Shooting drills and three three-on-three sessions were the focus of the workout, which was closed to the media. BYU men’s basketball coach Dave Rose was in attendance, though, as was a playofflike media contingent and a large number of Jazz sponsors who watched behind a second-floor glass window as Fredette faced Walker. Despite the intense local connection and Fredette’s belief that draft workouts are more pressure-filled than NCAA playoff games, the 22-year-old with a cultlike following and his own YouTube channel didn’t flinch. Fredette blocked out the media circus, slept easy Tuesday night, then awoke telling himself to just ‘be Jimmer.’”

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  • kh

    I am pulling for this guy!
    You can tell he is a gym rat and loves to hoop. Good Luck Jimmer.

  • MikeC.

    Will this push aside Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign? “Just be Jimmer!”

  • rich


    i think he is a better athlete and defender than he showed in college because he had to carry such a load for his team, curry was better than he was in college(minus the few ankle breaking moves done to him) and so will jimmer. i think he can play really well off an al jefferson type of big or another good perimiter player

  • slamfan4life

    hope he does well in the L

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “Held his own” sounds like “only got mildly abused.”

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Is this guy better than Casey Jacobson was?

  • T-Money

    considering that jj redick was better and more athletic when he came to the league, i’m not sure why we’re getting excited about jimmer. or kemba, for that matter.

  • Walt Williams

    White Chocolate part 2!!!!!!! Bring him to Sac baby!!

  • Jer dawg

    Lots of things are against him. I think Beno urich is pretty good, minus hype. Is Jimmer better than urich? Good handle and has good range. Just doesn’t play much. Is Jimmer really all that?a standard for players of his ilk have been stereotyped. Will he break it? Jimmer & Gordon Hayward. Slam cover. Illest duo since… Ever? Lol!
    Duo of the Jazz future? They need to have serious attention decifiency if they are going to be great. Ringers, are what they are if they play a 2-2 tourney.
    Anyway, good luck Jimmer.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    Waiting for the criticisms of Jimmer to show up soon on this thread…can’t wait to see them. But sh!t, he reminds me alot of eddie house with that kind of “chucker” mentality.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Am I crazy to think Jimmer is underrated?

  • chad

    mildly abused…. gro please….. the four other players at the workout said. and im paraphrasing here. kemba def didnt get the best of jimmer…four of them… to me that is them saying that this white boy dominated but they aint trying to dog on kemba too much…. go read what jazz coach ty corbin said about kemba, and then read what he said about fredette, and tell me who u think he was more impressed by…. slightly abused… please

  • chad

    getting mildly abused rarely translates into jimmer puts on a show

  • toinefan88

    I believe it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    basically Utah really wants Jimmer Fredette for several reasons and are preparing an excuse for wasting an early pick on him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    won’t matter. He’s not going to be much of a difference maker outside of jersey sales…. he could have scored every time on Kemba “I’m also a horrible defender along with every other guard in this draft” Walker it won’t change anything. Utah is making it a PR dream to draft Jimmer, and they should. This draft is horrible, i’d waste a pick on revenue too.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Kemba Walker would not make the Jazz a better team. There is nothing he does that Devin Harris doesnt do better. It is duplicating talent. Jimmer can replace the sharp shooting void left by Kyle Korver and if the Jazz re-sign Raja Bell he would have a really good mentor for learning how to play NBA level defense.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Go Jimmener Crickett! Dude will beast in a 6th man role i’m telling ya’ll. Bring him off the bench and tell him to do his thing. If he ain’t HOT sit him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I have no idea what the hell the Jazz are doing.
    At first I thought they’d take Brandon Knight with the third pick – but if that’s the case why are they working out all these other guards? Unless they’re gonna pull a Khan and draft two point guards.
    So then I got to thinking maybe they’ll go big with the third pick and draft either Jimmer or Kemba with the 12th pick.
    But if they get, say, Enes Kanter with the third pick, they’ve already got Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson (who I still think is more of a 4 than a 5) so at least one of them would have to go.
    And if they do get Knight, what happens to Devin Harris?
    The Jazz having the 3rd and 12th pick would’ve been absolutely wonderful for them if this were the 2003 draft.
    In the 2011 draft, it seems to be more of a nuisance than anything else.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Matic, guess what I read today? Kanter is in play for the #1 lol. someteams have been reading my mockdraft apparently.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Truth be told, I have no idea how Irving got anointed as the “sure-fire” number one pick anyway.
    All year most mock drafts had him behind Barns, Sullinger, Jones AND…Kanter.
    So now that the other three are going back to school, why did Irving leapfrog Kanter?
    If Cleveland could somehow land Irving AND Kanter (as they did in my own mock draft), that would be a freakin’ steal, though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My thing is, Irving barely even played college. He is getting his draft position via his reputation and what he did in the tournament. Seems like another Jonny Flynn situation too me.

  • ClydeSays

    Wait, the Jazz are going use a high pick on a limited, undersized shooter who just happens to be caucasian?! This can’t be true?!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no they will use their second pick on Freddette if he’s available. I heard the Kings are likely to pick him at 7 though. so we’ll see

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Well, Irving definitely does have talent and potential. I just don’t believe he’s head and shoulders above everyone else but Derrick Williams, the way the media makes it out to be.
    Can’t knock Flynn for what he’s shown in the L thus far. He’s a victim of being a point guard in the Triangle Offense.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, Petrie is enamored with James Fredette. The Kings could likely snatch him up.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Flynn has been overrated since the day after that 6 overtime game. And i’ve been saying that since then. The triangle may be an issue, but he couldn’t get minutes of Luke Ridnour. Triangle or not, if your getting picked in the draft ahead of Steph Curry, Brandon Jennings and other day-1 starters then you better not lose out to a perpetual back-up…..who backed up a guy picked after you, in your rookie season.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Yeah, just what the Kings need, another slightly undersized player who isn’t quite set at the 1 or the 2. How is Jimmer any different from Marcus Thornton or Beno Udrih? I honestly think Jimmer will be a solid pro, he just needs the right team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Allen’s being a hater…I thought that wasn’t your style man?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They already have Gordon Hayward; what do they do with him once/if they get Jimmer?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I have a feeling Hayward will be pretty good some day.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Whats pretty good Teddy? I think he might be slightly better than Ashton Korver all said and done. Never an All Star. Not a 20ppg scorer neither.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “held his own” when talking about defense is suspicious when talking about a suspect defender.
    I didn’t say he didn’t score, the article clearly says he was killing as a scorer. I’m talking about on defense, which is supposed to be his weakness.
    “Improved defense” does not inspire confidence in me. Or maybe y’all read the article differently than I did.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I too think Hayward can be a pretty solid role player too.
    I think he can be a 15 ppg, 5 rpg, 2 apg guy. Nothing wrong with that.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Teddy: Hayward is a three.
    Honestly, I wouldn’t mind Utah taking Irving and Fredette. Irving can start, Fredette can come off the bench and take both the one and two extra minutes, and then they can both finish at the end of the game while logging about the same time. Of course, Kanter + Jimmer is ideal, especially cause I could see both of them playing very well off each other.
    It would also open up Utah from trading their logjam at the four for a five (unless Okur can magically resurrect himself).

  • MikeC.

    @Jukai – I have faith in Okur’s return. He played like roasted dogcrap this past season because he never got into shape after rehabbing from achilles surgery and got hurt again. If he comes back and isn’t out of shape, he’ll return to form. It’s not like he relies on explosive athleticism. I’m 32, out of shape and I’m pretty sure I can outrun and out-jump Okur. However, he’s a 3-pt shooting C who actually grabs a surprising amount of boards considering where he plays on O and he can’t jump or move to grab them on D. I’m pretty sure he was an All-Star a couple seasons back. I’m too lazy to Lougle it, but I have a pretty clear memory of myself saying “holy crap, that guy in the All-Star Game looks just like my dentist!”, then realizing it was Okur.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    True, but he was an injury replacement, and he’s coming back from a rather harsh injury. Sure Okur never used to rely on athleticism, but ALL NBA players are top notch athletes, even those who play on the ground are gonna be effected by a bad leg injury. Okur may best be spent coming off the bench from now on. Ideally, Utah should go for Kanter and Fredette and try and package Jefferson or Milsap for a young 5, or maybe a draft pick. But I still think picking up Irving AND Jimmer isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be.