Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 3:23 pm  |  51 responses

Jimmer More Talented Offensively Than Olajuwon & Drexler?

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose has played with and coached some pretty talented players throughout his basketball career.  Most recently he’s coached the 2011 National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette and was a member of the Phi Slamma Jamma teams that featured Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. So where does he rank Fredette?  According to an interview with the ESPN Sacramento Kings blog, right at the top. From Cowbell Kingdom: “Well, I think he’s the best offensive player that has ever been on my team, either as a player or a coach, as far as his ability to just make big shots and kind of will your team out of spots during the game.”

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  • somedude

    let’s make this judgement 5 years from now

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wow…I know dude is nice with his shot but wow.
    I guess I can’t wait to see him play in the L and see how well he fares…

  • Oh Nose

    Scottie Pippen writing articles now?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    He’s talking college, not in the game of basketball, I’m assuming? In that case, I guess I can take his word. But, you never know, he could just by trying to help out his star in the draft…

  • Jer dawg

    Wow. This headline came out and hit me out in left field. Certainly got my attention. Give that to Jimmer then. In College! Only!

  • steve c

    wait!!!! how the hell can you compare fridette to a seven foot center who played on both sides of the ball??? and how can you even compare him to drexler???? not to mention these are two hall of famers. smh

  • madterps

    He’s just hyping up his own player so Jimmer will get better position in the draft.


    This is a slap n the face 2 both The Dream and The Glide. Its almost infuriating at how disrespectful this is 2 both Hall of Famers

  • Jake

    J.j. Reddick 2.1

  • mdshuai33

    Uh, steve, he “can” because he was asked to, and he gave his opinion. And he wasn’t talking about both sides of the ball, read the man’s words: he said he was a better offensive player, as far as he had played with Clyde and the Dream. He wasn’t talking about their pro careers, where they both took huge steps in improving their game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Not so sure about this claim…but I’m 100% certain that “Jimmer” is not a real name.

  • robb

    Overhyping players is such a lame trend. First, they put too much pressure on the kids, and second, it’s a lie 99% of the occasions.

  • http://firespo.com KING

    I promised myself I wasn’t gonna laugh

  • Oh Nose

    I believe it’s pronounced ‘yimmer’. It might be a soft ‘j’. Either way, it just jacks up shots like there’s no tomorrow & plays no defense, whatsoever. (wait…we talkin’ ’bout Iverson? Iverson?!?!)

  • toinefan88

    The coach was talking about offense specifically and while playing for him in particular. If you compare Jimmer’s offensive ability while in college he is probably right. But that was a long time ago so maybe he forget some things. I’m sure both them guys got A LOT better after they went pro. I’m excited to see my boy Jimmer rip up the league a lil bit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^ AI did play D.
    what’s up with all these people on crack, first Scottie, then SVG and now this dude!

  • Chris

    Jimmer might be more talented offensively than those two in an empty gym. But there’s NO WAY he’ll be better at scoring against NBA defenses than either of those guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom


  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is a big fat load of Bull-Sh*t

  • EtheKnickFan

    Uhhh No.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    His real name is James.
    “Jimmer” is what his mom called him and it stuck.
    Sorta like “Penny” with Anfernee Hardaway.

  • r2j

    Let’s see in 5 years then we’ll get the idea.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    Well, I disagree with this, but…..
    Jimmer is as polished offensively as he’s gonna get. He’s got near unlimited range, more fancy moves in the paint than people want to give him credit for, and he’s very fundamentally sound. He’s 6’3 and has no vert, so he can’t exactly use his athleticism to his advantage.
    Now Olajuwon and Drexler were INCREDIBLE athletic creatures. Olajuwon was 6’9-7’1 (depending on who you ask, sigh) who could hop like mad and outrun most cats his size. Drexler was 6’7 who could probably jump over the friggin’ rim. They both had incredible court vision and feel for the game.
    But they weren’t exactly POLISHED in college. Olajuwon really didn’t have the post moves until he trained extensively with Malone, and by then he was mostly on his ways to the pros. Drexler didn’t really have any decent range on his shot until he worked with the Portland staff.
    I’m not saying I 100% agreee; Olajuwon still had some great moves and a nice shot, Drexler had his slashes to the basket and arial moves… but it’s not a far off comparison. Take out athleticism and court vision, and compare them ONLY in college and see what you get

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

    Jimmer = 2008 Mike Bibby

  • steve c

    well mdshuai33 since i DID read his words, and i gave MY opinion.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    What a retarded statement to make on any level. Coaches should know better. Comparing all time greats to a kid who couldn’t hit big enough shots to get the game that mattered.
    In the words of Chris tucker”BZZZZZZZ,BZZZZZZZZT”

  • Mamba

    God dammit Pippen. See what you have done.

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  • greg

    @ what yep ur right with less experience, id take that as a coach though, he will improve but it wont be in the stat sheet, he has to learn things like controling tempo, when to feed a certain player DEFENSE, rotations, just because he is polished skill wise doesnt mean he doesnt have any upside, since his skill level is so high its clear he wants to work on his game, which cant be said for many busts that have taken early in the draft

  • Spursnation

    Overrated white boy just like Dirk

  • Abi

    Sigh. I can empathize with a coach who wants to hype his player up, especially with the NBA draft approaching, however, claiming that he’s better on offense than Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler? Are you f*&^ing kidding me?

  • http://www.nba.com/blazers/ vanillagorilla

    Does anybody actually read and comprehend an entire article before posting comments haha, straight ridiculous. Jimmer was the best offensive player in college out of those 3 without question, pay attention folks.

  • http://www.angryarab.com Tariq

    If I were in his place, I’d say the same thing. It might bump his guy up a couple of spots in the draft. Meanwhile, I don’t think Dream and Glide care very much.

  • Yesse

    You should never make comments like this before the draft. You never know how these young guys will do in the Nba.

  • Matty B

    ok seriously though… jimmer definitely has hs problems… but rose never specifically singled out hakeem and clyde. Everyone know that the thing you’ve recently seen that is amazing kind of blurs your vision and jimmer was pretty flippin amaazing this season. Also its different when yu play with the guys and coach them.The statement is being a bit hyped for sure but who wouldn’t wanna boost a kid like that who just got outta his program?

  • ab40

    maybe in college in the leauge? no way. can’t you see how pip jinxed LBJ?

  • chad

    hammer that is a moronic thing to say….. fredette just swept all national player of the year awards…. rose said on my team….. player or coach…. he is judging akeem and clyde on their collegiate games, and my friend they didnt come close to putting up the offensive numbers fredette did…. not close… he clarified and said offensively…… no slap in the face… not at all…. jimmer himself is a ncaa legend… poy unanimously.. so ease ur stance…. ur wrong

  • chad

    go find me clydes best five collegiate offensive outputs….. then lets find fredettes……. unless ur dropping the following 51, 49, 47,47,43, then don’t get so hyped up about the outlandishness of rose’s comments

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign, prett much everyone.. Seriously, Olojuwon is one of the best centers of all time, (without havong a lot of force, dude was just graceful) An my guy, Drexler.. One of the best 2s of the 90s, Not named Jordan, but a part of the dream team, and in the 90s, it was Mike, Reggie, Mitch (richmond), and Clyde holding it down at the 2..

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Chad- the rest of dude’s team sucked.. of course the best player will shine.. Remember when David Lee was on the Knicks?? He was the best thing since sliced bread.. Now that he’s on a team where other people actually play, what has he done..? (No pun intended about them both being white, in fact, I’m white, and think John Stockton is the best Overall p.g. of all time… Yep, I said it, he is the all time leader is assists and steals.. Thats what a p.g. does.. Forget the rings, and points for a minute)

  • http://nba.com EJ

    He’s just trying to get his stock up.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • add

    what, i don’t think i read that correctly.

  • Tyrant56

    Anybody else hit a blunt today, cause i think my eyes playing games.

  • http://www.byuhousing.org/ BYU Housing

    Rose knows talent when he sees it. He knew what they had to do to since taking over as HC at BYU. Jimmer will be able to silence all the rif raft here in the next few years. He is going to shock alot of the naysayers. I for one, and more than excited to see him drop the 40 to 50 footers in the NBA and then say “What was that about him not scoring against bigger guys?” LOL

  • http://slamonline.com truballer

    jimmer will a good player but will never amount to the dream or drexler!

  • World

    You lose credibility when you write nonsense like this….

  • doyouwantmore

    That’s what they said about Stromile Swift.

  • Youngindy21

    A lot of you people were saying that Tyler Hansbrough wouldn’t be good in the NBA and he has had several 30pt games this season. None of you know how good Jimmer Fredette will be so just shut up trying to predict that he will be a bust. And quit with the whole JJ Reddick comparison it is real old and just cause you heard someone else say he will be like JJ does not mean you have to repeat 100 times. Be original and come up with your own comparisons. Apparently he is pretty good if he wowed both Dave Rose and Larry Bird.

  • smoove

    really , who writes this sh*t

  • http://slam Charles Bandele

    Wow a better scorer then Drexler or Hakeem? that might be true in terms of sheer numbers(college numbers) but its easy to make that call when the whole offense is centered around you. How did BYU do in the tourney anyway? I think Dream and Drexler’s teams were in back to back final 4′s in the 80′s…As for NBA “scoring” success, I’m going to go out on a limb and saying Jimmy will never put up the scoring numbers of either of those two Hall of Famers..I’m curious to see what position Jimmy plays when he enters the NBA, and if his game will translate to success when he gets there….Better than Hakeeen and Clyde?…wow.