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Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  17 responses

Jimmer Mania Hits Sacramento


Utah and its fans didn’t get their wish of drafting The Jimmer, but the Kings certainly aren’t complaining about their pick of Fredette. From the Sac Bee: “Fredette might have been the most popular player in college basketball last season, hence Jimmermania and the following that he developed nationwide. Fredette was selected 10th by Milwaukee, then traded as part of a three-team deal that sent guard Beno Udrih to Milwaukee and brought John Salmons back to the Kings. As part of the deal, the Kings relinquished their seventh pick to the Charlotte Bobcats … Fredette told reporters in New York the attention he’s received leading up to the draft is nothing new. ‘I think a lot of it just has to do with this last year in college,’ Fredette said. ‘How things exploded and the media just really took a hold of our season and myself, and it’s continuing.’ In addition to adding Fredette, the trade helped the Kings at small forward. ‘(Salmons) had long stretches where he was probably our best player … better than the ones we’ve had recently,’ said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. ‘And I think with Jimmer, we get one of the most exciting players in college basketball.’ Fredette averaged 28.9 points as a senior and was the consensus National Player of the Year. Fredette arguably had the best range of any shooter in the draft. Fredette, who made 39.6 percent of his three-point attempts last season, will be expected to play significant minutes as a rookie now that Udrih has gone to Milwaukee. ‘We think he’ll fit in really well with our roster,’ said Kings coach Paul Westphal of Fredette. ‘I hesitate to say until we get out there and get after it, but I think of him as a point guard. He plays the pick-and-roll really well. He’s a good passer, obviously he’s a great shooter.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Jimmermania…….

  • Gaz

    BETCATSisgaymania……

  • Riggs

    can someone ban this dude’s I.P.?

  • Overtime

    At least make a swing at humour Gaz

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    Riggs I’ll see if I can get a hold of lulzsec…

  • Riggs

    @1982: haha at least for the lulz.

  • http://.com Cheema

    Next JJ redick who can shoot but can`t play any defense.

  • thetruthshinesthrough

    CBS Sports is reporting that the Kings coaches wanted Alec Burks, not jimmer, due to the fact that they are loaded with shoot first guards and fredette is not the man or some thing. They want a veteran distibutor at point like parker or felton. Well I can solve their problem… trade fredette and some throw in player like marquis daniels to utah for alec burks and devin harris. Bam! Jimmer goes home.

  • Joey E.

    Pure Marketing from the Maloofs. They’re probably the ones who made the pick.

  • Overtime

    Anyone else think the Kings are trying to make a really bad copy of the Grizzlies?
    Don’t think defence is too high on their priorities right now. They want a new Warriors, high flying/scoring team that might threaten the playoffs. Just getting the people in.
    Shame, cos they prob could put something pretty decent together

  • DieselMechanic

    Even if BETCATS is gay like Gaz says he is what is wrong with that?

  • bakers’-dozen

    Jimmer is better than people realize. If he were black, he’d have been a top 3 pick.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Rule number for the NBA draft – never draft with ‘defines’ in mind, Thabeet, Olowakandi, Kwame and the list goes on…. the NBA is a scorer’s league and this kid puts the ball in the basket. He’ll be fine as a PG in the league.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ah dang it – my macbook and it’s predictive word correction…..
    *defines* should read defense and rule number ONE…

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    co-sign bakers dozen. If a black guard that was that flashy AND productive? Top 3 for sure. Sucks, but its true.

  • Ryan

    I don’t buy that theory at all. Jimmer got drafted this high and hyped this much because parts of America still love a “gritty white kid.” The only thing I love about Jimmer is that Detroit didn’t draft his dumbass. Very happy with Brandon Knight.

  • DFrance21

    I really don’t buy the whole “if Jimmer was black, he’d be a top 3 pick” Look at Jameer Nelson. He’s black and he had a college career right on point with Jimmers. Not as prolific a scorer, but he led his team to an undefeated reg season, won ALL the POY awards, and he fell to #20 in the draft.

    GMs pick off potential, instead of what you’ve already done. A lot of time that formula works, sometimes it doesn’t. But they definitely don’t pick based off skin color.

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