Jimmer to the Jazz? Don’t Hold Your Breath
If you are one of those hoping to see Jimmer Fredette in a Utah Jazz uniform, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Despite Utah having two lottery picks next Thursday, it may not be in the cards for BYU’s favorite son to play his pro ball in the same state where he found fame as a college player.
Heaven knows Utah could use a player with Fredette’s ability to stroke it from deep, and all reports are that the Jazz decision makers were impressed with his workout in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
However, despite the fact that Jimmer’s pre-draft workouts have him on the rise, don’t expect the Jazz to be willing to spend the number three pick on him. That just too high for any team to take a flier on a player who has the defensive question marks that Fredette does.
On the flip side, when the Jazz makes its second selection in the first round — just nine picks later — Jimmer could well be off the board.
The vibe coming out of Sacramento is that the Kings are very high on Jimmer and may have their heart set on taking him with the 7th pick. It’s no secret that the Maloof brothers have coveted college basketball’s consensus player of the year and are enamored with his off-the-bus range.
If by chance the Kings pass on Jimmer, its possible that a team like the Suns, Pacers or Knicks could trade up to get him.
Imagine the deep threat of Fredette teamed with the likes of all-stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Melo and Amar’e would have a field day with Jimmer’s ability to stretch defenses, and New York’s up-and-down offensive philosophy would be a boon for Fredette’s game. The Big Apple and the Jimmer would be a marketers dream come true as well.
Even if Jimmer is still available at 12, Utah is highly unlikely to pick him if the Jazz use the third pick to draft Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, who is considered more of a true point guard and a safer bet, and who is widely considered one of the three or four top players in the draft.
If Knight is already in the fold when the Jazz pick at 12, then expect the Utah front office to look at a shooting guard like Washington State’s Klay Thompson, the best shooter in the draft not named Jimmer. Or if he’s still on the board, they could take Alec Burks of Colorado, perhaps the most athletic two guard in the draft and a player with huge upside.
Many who cheer for the Utah Jazz are hoping that their team will be able to address its need for outside shooting. No one in this draft, or any draft in recent memory, fits that bill better than Jimmer. However, it will take an unlikely set of circumstances for the former Cougar to land in the Beehive state.
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