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Report: Greek team Panathinaikos to make run at Jimmer Fredette

Jun 20, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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Is it time for Jimmer Fredette to consider picking up a bigger paycheck in Europe?

A number of readers just screamed “NNNOOOOO!” There are a lot of fans out there convinced the former BYU star is just not getting a chance, the man is holding him down. They pick their spots and point to specific games — hey, on April 14 Fredette had 17 points to lead the Bulls bench against the Magic, he deserves more of a chance.

But don’t you think the fact four coaches — Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Mike Malone and Tom Thibodeau — will not put him on the court much when the game matters says a lot about Fredette’s game? The question isn’t if Fredette can shoot, he can, but it’s the other end — the second he steps on the court other teams go at his defense. He’s not good on that end. To put it kindly. That is what glues him to the bench.

Fredette is a free agent and likely will take a minimum (or close to it) deal to latch on with a team and try to get his chance. But he has other options, as Sportando notes.

Fredette’s game may fit better overseas.

I don’t think he lets his NBA dream go just yet. He can shoot — career 40 percent from three — and that skill will get you chances. Maybe he can improve his defense enough to get off the bench. But if things don’t change, Fredette may eventually need to consider a payday overseas, where he would be a highly-valued, higher-priced player.

  1. chunkala - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    This would be a great move for him. Euroleague plays no defense and won’t expect any from him. Plus, with the 3 point line at 15 feet, he’s sure to hit 75-80% of his shots. A few years away and someone will overpay to bring him back to NBA.

  2. steelerfanforlife - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Thibs didn’t play him because the rotation was already set! Kilmer can play in the NBA, you can’t suck and somehow score 17 in a game!

  3. campcouch - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    If Patty Mills leaves SA,I could see Fredette in a Spurs uni.

  4. steelerfanforlife - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    *Jimmer!! Stupid autocorrect

  5. tlef64 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Clueless…. Westphal was the ONLY coach actually playing Jimmer. Thibs on had him for a month..If and when he is given a chance he WILL dominate this league! I guarantee.

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