Much like some others players in recent NBA history, Michael Beasley, Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Stephon Marbury (he never left), Jimmer Fredette has used a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association to rejuvenate his career.
Fredette was a national sensation in college at BYU, averaging 29-4-3 his senior season and winning the National Player of the Year award. He was taken at No. 10 in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings (that was part of his problem) and in 5 seasons in the NBA struggled to gain any traction or playing time. He floated around the league playing in stints for the aforementioned Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks.
Many thought the dream of Jimmer lighting fools up in the NBA was over when his 10 day contract was up with the Knicks a year ago, but with his recent domination in China and league MVP award there may still be hope.
Jimmer averaged 37-8-4 for the Shanghai Sharks this season (it just ended) and he even dropped 73 points in a game. Now Jimmer is hoping to make his return to the NBA.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 1, 2017
Can some NBA team just sign him for the remainder of the 2016-17 season? Please? The Hornets badly need another scorer and there are plenty of doormat teams that are struggling to sell tickets as the season winds down and they continue to drop in the standings.
The world needs Jimmer to have another chance to make it in the NBA, let’s make it happen.