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Jimmer Fredette’s family wants the Knicks to draft him

Mar 15, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette is one of the must-watch players in the NCAA tournament. Maybe the must-watch player. We can get into how he will fit in the NBA, but he is a special college player who is averaging 28.5 points per game and is hitting 40.4% from three. And all that while he uses a ridiculous 36.1 percent of his teams possessions and defenses are focused on him.

He’s going to get drafted into the NBA. Where he falls remains a question (DraftExpress expects him to go 17th right now) but his brother T.J. (a Mormon rapper) told Kate Fagen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via CBS Eye on Basketball) they want him to be a Knick (read the entire profile, it’s fantastic).

“We want him to go to the Knicks,” T.J. says without hesitation. “That’s our team.”

In NYC, Jimmer could learn under veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, play in coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-and-down system, and live in a city close to home (in upstate New York).

Fredette can shoot the rock and he needs to be in a system where everybody has a green light in transition and when open. The Knicks fit that, as do the Suns and other teams. But he needs to be up-tempo. Put him on the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics or Hawks and he will struggle to fit in.

So for his sake, maybe New York is the spot. Although the reaction the first time he takes a shot away from ‘Melo as a rookie will be entertaining.

  1. whatagreatfootballmind - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    another diva who wants to pick what team he plays for before he plays a single second on an nba court.

    • digitalpoo - Mar 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM

      I don’t see anywhere in the article where Jimmer actually said those words. Simmer down.

  2. redbear18 - Mar 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Everybody wants to play in their hometown. Jimmer never said that, but what’s wrong with wanting to do that? Billups was a Denver guy and lived there his whole life. Of course, melo’s selfish ego forced him to uproot and leave, but oh well…

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 17, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      THATS NOT EVEN WHAT HE SAID. Why did you bring race into it?

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        The comments in question have been removed from this blog. Jimmers game is not a race issue.

      • denverhoopdreams - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        I’m glad.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Mar 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Just what we need, another defensive stopper….

  4. denverhoopdreams - Mar 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    even though i love billups, doesnt anyone think he’d be better to learn under nash?

  5. genericcommenter - Mar 16, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    I was just thinking of a guy who averaged 35ppg and shot 46% from 3 his senior year. He spent a little time on the end of the Knicks bench, too. I think it helps to go through the Clippers first, though.

  6. thestudiokida - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Jimmer’s family will be disappointed when he’s drafted by Utah, Charlotte or Minnesota.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      jimmer would be more disappointed if those teams did draft him

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