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Charlotte Bobcats not brave enough (read: too smart) to draft Jimmer Fredette

Jun 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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If Jimmer Fredette’s name drops on down to the No.9 spot in Thursdays draft, it can just keep on sliding, the Bobcats want no part of it. From the Charlotte Observer:

The team has shuttled about two dozen players through Charlotte for workouts. Fredette has not been among them and isn’t on the schedule for the next few days, either.

A Bobcats source indicated that although the team knows it needs outside shooting, it is lukewarm at best toward the idea of drafting Fredette. The Bobcats already have a small point guard in D.J. Augustin and seem to favor bigger, longer players than Fredette 6-foot-2, 196 pounds for that No. 9 slot.

via Fredette another Morrison? | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

This has to be of some comfort to Bobcats fans. Jordan is renown for drafting highly accomplished college players with limited upside and Fredette’s is a supremely well-regarded college player with incredibly limited upside. His workout antics, challenging Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight, playing the plucky underdog, and riding the wave of opinion that says anyone who is that overrated must in fact be underrated have helped him worm his way into a top-ten position on most draft boards. Many boards have him going high, not because he should, but because they know that some GM will be helpless to resist the hype.

In reality, Fredette’s unlikely to be as terrible as Morrison was. He’s in better condition, has a better array of skills, will be able to survive better at point guard than Morrison had to at small forward. Fredette will probably end up as a pretty decent rotation player. But his skills don’t necessarily translate to a top-10 pick. While the Bobcats have a need for talent at every position, it’s good to see them taking a measured approach instead of grasping at whatever “One Shining Moment”-fed wunderkind is knocking at the gates of hype.

  1. redbear18 - Jun 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Seriously, why is everyone knocking Fredette? He has done well in his workouts, impressing GMs, making shots he should, and showing much improved speed and defense, plus accurate passing and good decision making, a must for an NBA point guard. I don’t see him as an all-star, but he’s better than just a rotation player. I can see him as Derek Fisher career-wise. Decent player, good enough to be a starter, not going to make a ton of mistakes, and if paired with a good star (Kobe for Fisher), he’ll retire with a few rings and a good reputation. Quit knocking on Fredette, he’s going to be pretty good in a few years.

  2. edmazeing1 - Jun 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Guy above me u cant blame bobcats, they are scared of adam morrison situation happiening again!!!

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