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Fredette says the people want Jazz to draft him

May 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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BYU star and Utah’s favorite son Jimmer Fredette would love to keep playing in Utah.

And Fredette thinks the people of Utah want that, too, he told the Deseret News (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball). And he’s probably right about that. Fredette also is more realistic about the chances of that happening than some Jazz fans will be.

“That’s what the people want,” Fredette said of being drafted by the Jazz. “But I don’t think (Jazz officials) should make the decision on what the people want. They ought to make a decision on what they think is best for their personnel. If I go there, it’s great. If not, I’ll be somewhere else. So I’m just looking forward to where it’s at.”

The Jazz are the hinge, the most interesting team in this draft. The Cavaliers will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 and whether it’s the Wolves or someone who trades into the No. 2 pick, they likely take Derrick Williams of Arizona.

The Jazz are at No. 3 and that’s where nobody has any idea who gets picked. Well, it won’t be Fredette, he is going to fall to the late lottery or farther. Could be Brandon Knight of Kentucky, could be Enes Kanter of Turkey, could be a lot of things at three.

The Jazz draft again at No. 12 and that is where a lot of fans think the Jazz will take Fredette. Utah officials liked his interview (by all accounts Fredette killed the interviews at the NBA Draft Combine last week). But it is more likely that Fredette will keep falling down the board. DraftExpress has the Jazz taking Colorado guard Alec Burkes at 12, and if Burkes is on the board that far down the Jazz have to take him. Indiana is a possibility at 15 but the guess is that is about the earliest he goes.

  1. chargerdillon - May 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I’m pretty sure every idiotic pasty white mormon wants every other pasty white mormon to play in Utah.

    Sure the fans will come out in droves and they’ll be home in time to watch the post season where lots of other teams who make logical decisions with their picks end up.

    That being said, I don’t think there’s a team in this league that wouldn’t draft Jimmer just for his shooting ability alone. Every team needs a guy who can hit long shots.

    • Justin - May 23, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Is that you Joakim Noah?

  2. Justin - May 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    The 2 teams that I continually hear is the Jazz or the Suns picking him up. It would not be a smart move to take him at 3rd overall though. I like his quote though he is saying the right things.

  3. edmazeing1 - May 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I do want to see whats his 3point % on NBA 2k12 or NBA Elite if they ever put that game out!!!

    • bloodshyjones - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      In his 2 workouts (Chicago combine & for the Pacers) he’s had two NBA 3-pt drills. At the combine he went 18 of 25. At Indi he went 18 of 22. Those weren’t under duress, but it’s clear NBA range isn’t a problem.

  4. almzor - May 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    I hope Utah management is smarter than to take Fredette with either pick. They drafted Hayward last year and after getting some playing time in the second half of the season he showed promise. There’s no reason to throw Hayward under the bus because someone with passable offense and atrocious defense just graduated from BYU.

    Utah’s late season struggles stemmed from their lack of an offensive orchestrator. Drafting a shoot-first guard will not fix that problem; if anything drafting a white Iverson will only exacerbate the problem. It was bad enough that they had to watch Sloan walk away last year and then trade Williams to New Jersey. If they turn Derron into Fredette they will deserve the mediocrity that ensues.

    • bloodshyjones - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      White Iverson? Jimmer has a crossover and can score. That’s where the Iverson comparison ends.

      If the Jazz take Jimmer it won’t “turn Derron into Fredette.” They will also have picked up Favors (future super star), Harris (mediocre pg) and either Kanter (athletic center) or Williams (likely future super star). Additionally, they get Golden States’ 1st round pick next year.

      That’s hardly trading Derron for Jimmer.

  5. passerby23 - May 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    To me, Fredette at No. 12 makes all the sense in the world for the Jazz. That’s an immediate public relations boost, a guy who wants to be there, he’s a proven winner, and a prolific scorer who can learn behind Devin Harris and be a spark off the bench. In a notoriously weak draft, it’s not like it’s a bad move. Fredette isn’t a guy I would want to pass on.

    I would take Kanter at No. 3. which gives the Jazz plenty of depth upfront.

  6. eazye76 - May 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    The only team that would take him third are The Pacers.

  7. Bryce - May 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    John Stockton was drafted at #16…just sayin..

    • bloodshyjones - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      I would love it if Jimmer could develop a passing game like Stockton, Nash, Rondo, etc. If he did, it would be hard to stop his team.

  8. redbear18 - May 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Jimmer is so much better than people give him credit for. The way I see it, he’s a white Carmelo anthony with a smaller ego and a better work ethic. That last part will be important during the lockout. Guys like Jimmer will put in the work during the lockout and will rise above other rookies who are too lazy or not dedicated enough to. Just saying.

    • passerby23 - May 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

      How is he like a white Carmelo Anthony? I don’t see even one similarity between the two.

      Not saying Jimmer isn’t a hard worker, but scouts and GMs weren’t impressed at how he was just coasting through the first day of the combine.

      Still, he’s a perfect fit for the Jazz. He’s a freelance player with creativity. With the new post-Sloan era in Utah, there will be less structured sets for Fredette to flourish in.

      • bloodshyjones - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        “…scouts and GMs weren’t impressed at how he was just coasting through the first day of the combine.”

        There was 1 comment by 1 insider that said 1 GM suggested this was the case. And it was specifically referring to the speed and D drills during day 2, not day 1. People have tried to expand that to be a general feeling by a lot of important NBA execs.

        Jimmer’s overall athletic measurements from day 2 (vertical + sprint + quickness + strength) ranked #12 out of the 54 draft prospects at the combine. Not bad for a kid that supposedly (1) lacks athleticism and (2) wasn’t giving it a full effort.

        I’m not saying the Jazz should draft Jimmer. But he’s definitely a very substantial talent that should be considered. He’s a much better passer than people realize. That will come out in the pros where he won’t be carrying the bulk of the offensive load and will be surrounded by capable scorers. And his range + driving ability will open opposing Ds. Jimmer’s high-end potential is very high. Suggesting he could become a long-term starting pg for the Jazz is not insane. Is his potential higher than Burk’s? I’m not sure.

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