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Jazz “seriously thinking” about drafting Jimmer Fredette

May 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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You think it’s all about the basketball, what happens on the court.

It’s not, basketball is a business and the Utah Jazz may be caught a little in the middle of it when it comes to the NBA draft and Jimmer Fredette.

The Jazz have the No. 3 and No. 12 pick and there are plenty of people in Utah who want them to take hometown hero and BYU product Fredette. Those people are not basketball people — there are serious questions by scouts about how well Fredette can defend or create his own shot at the NBA level. They project him close to the end of the first round as a pick.

But Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated said the business side in Utah wants Fredette and the team is thinking about it.

…but a source who has spoken to the Jazz insists that they are seriously thinking about taking the BYU product this high. The departures of coach Jerry Sloan and Williams mean the business folks want a new addition about whom the fans can get excited. The basketball part would be challenging for new coach Tyrone Corbin, as the pressure to play Fredette even if he didn’t always want to would be significant. Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas is also a possibility with the second of Utah’s two lottery picks.

Our own NBC/Rotoworld Mock Draft by our man Steve Alexander has the Jazz thinking about Fredette but taking Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic (this mock has Fredette going at No. 15 to Indiana). Vesely may not fall to eight but either way the Jazz basketball people are not talking Fredette.

But the Jazz could take him anyway.

  1. randysavage4ever - May 26, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Another hometown guard & hometown city was D.Rose & Chicago, I say that worked out pretty well…

    Why not take Jimmer?

    Roll the dice and take Jimmer…

    Jimmer NBA Draft 2011 = Tebow NFL Draft 2010

    +good kids, good values, special collegiate players, star potential, questions at the pro level, a lot of doubters, huge fan bases, etc…

  2. Justin - May 26, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    At this point I think every team should be “seriously thinking” about drafting just about anyone. A lot has to happen before any team should have its mind fully made up.

  3. goforthanddie - May 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Give him a shot at 12. If he’s worth playing, the coach will certainly find him time.

  4. almzor - May 27, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    It won’t be all sunshine and rose blossoms if Utah takes Jimmer. I for one will find another team to root for if they’re going to put a basketball decision like this in the hands of their business side. They were making shaky enough drafting decisions already without handing the decision making power to people more worried about the money than anything else.

  5. trbowman - May 27, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    Jimmer Freddet > some Lithuanian dude no one has heard of.

    inb4 thumbs down from draftniks.

  6. passerby23 - May 27, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    This whole draft is full of doubts and question marks. Is it that much of a stretch to take Jimmer at 12? They still have a solid pick at 3 and some good pieces to work with for the future. I think the “what if” factor is too big to pass up on. If J.J. Barea can play at this level with half the jump shot of Fredette, Jimmer has a good chance to be good.

    How many people doubted John Stockton? Too small, not athletic enough, won’t be able to defend NBA players, etc.

  7. readysethike - May 27, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Ofcourse theyll draft him, its the utah jazz and hes white…perfect match

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