The Bleacher Report has posted a great spot on Jimmer Fredette recently. It appears Utah’s favorite transplant is officially a flop in Sacramento, and perhaps the NBA. We took flack here at Lower The Rim for a piece we wrote at the beginning of the season, claiming Jimmer would flame out the same way Adam Morrison did, and it appears that prophecy has come true. The verdict is in: he can’t create his own shot in the NBA, he can’t get to the rim, he’s not shooting well–which was supposed to be is greatest strength–and he’s a non factor defensively, which we all already knew anyway. Even more startling: in just over 653 minutes on the court, Jimmer has not yet registered a single block. I repeat, Jimmer has never blocked a shot in the NBA. Wow. I think if I tied sock around my eyes and ran around with my hands in the air for 653 minutes, I might manage at at least a rejection or two.
What the Bleacher Report fails to mention is the real reason Jimmer was taken so high in the draft, and by Sacramento, in the first place. It was a business decision through and through; a last gasp to save the franchise in Sacramento and having nothing to do with potential wins and losses. Let’s face it, it was a money grab, made manifest by the instant increase in season ticket sales once Jimmer was drafted. And who can blame the Kings front office? It may be one of the few instances in NBA draft history where it was in the best interest of the franchise to draft the player that would put butts in the seats as opposed to wins in the win column. And it worked, or at the very least contributed to the new found stability of the team in Sacramento. Bust or no bust, it was a good move across the board.
As for Jimmer, he’ll likely get one or two more shots in the NBA, following in the footsteps of Adam Morrison. The question is where. Any teams out there needing butts in the seats? Charlotte? New Orleans? DC? We wouldn’t be surprised to see Jimmer with another squad before this year’s trade deadline. And we won’t think for a second that the move was made for the sake of his new team’s win column. Any interest in Jimmer now runs along the same lines as any interest a team ever had in signing Master P. The kid can’t play. Case closed.