Jimmer Fredette proved that he was a class above the rest in the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBA D-League). On Friday, he got a call-up from the New York Knicks, who signed the 26-year-old shooter to a 10-day contract.
Fredette, who was a first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, has had an uneventful NBA career so far playing for various teams the last five NBA seasons.
After playing for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2014 to 2016—playing in just 54 games with limited playing time—Fredette found himself playing for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA D-League.
The 26-year-old combo guard had an impressive stint in the minor league averaging 22.3 points on 47.7% field goal shooting and 41.0% from behind the arc. Fredette also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game and now finds himself in the big leagues hoping he can play as good or better for the team from the Big Apple.
“Between now and then a lot of things can happen, so I anticipate that that’s what’s going to happen and we’ve just got to try and integrate him and see if we can use him in some way. He’s obviously a very good shooter and somebody who can open the floor for us, so we’ll see how he fits in,” Kurt Rambis, who replaced Derek Fisher as head coach before the NBA All-Star break, said of Fredette via ESPN.
“He obviously can shoot the basketball; that’s what he’s known for. We’ve got to see if he can actually handle the basketball and be able to create shots for himself and create shots for others within the team concept, so it will be an adjustment for him.”
Fredette will try to shoot his way to a Knicks’ regular roster spot—and a bigger deal– when New York faces the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers in their next three games.
The Knicks can give Fredette for another 10-day contract if he performs well. After that second 10-day contract, New York can either sign him for the rest of the regular season or waive him.
Fredette’s best NBA years came in his rookie season playing for the Sacramento Kings when he averaged 7.6 points (36.1% 3FGs) in 61 games.
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