Why boo this guy?He's done everything asked if of him at every level
of play. With his work ethic and skill set I wouldn't bet against him
succeeding in the NBA. Count me among the Jimmer fans!
Utah and BYU fans have several things in common. 1. They love to
hate each other.2. They love the State to look goodand
3. They love the JAZZ. (we certainly have this in common - after
all, Ute Red and BYU Blue do make Jazz Purple) As a BYU fan I
cannot remember a Utah player that went into the NBA or NFL that I did not later
cheer for. And I suspect the same is true of Jimmer for many Utes. He is now a
product of the State and most of us would love to see him succeed.
I think Jimmer's lack of playing time has more to do with Smart wanting to
win games rather than develop Jimmer through playing time. Any coach would do
that. They don't coach for the future, but the now. Winning keeps their
job!In Jimmer's case, his defense and newness to the game still
hampers his time on the floor. As he gets more used to the NBA, his time will go
up. Smart knows this, and if you look at how the other two PGs (not counting
Tyreke as one, which he really isn't) have performed this year,
they're inconsistent.Isaiah's too small to be a perennial
starting PG, and Brooks is pretty much what I expected, another backup quality
PG, which is why they got him (and didn't stick with the last team). Both
are quicker than Jimmer (so presumably better defense), but Jimmer shoots more
consistently and I believe is much smarter game-wise. This will help Jimmer in
time. If you've watched any of his minutes this year compared to last, he
definitely looks more at home and capable.
Lillard scored 28 points last night, just an FYI.As for the Jimmer?
Fredette-about-it, it was the Golden Gord that came up clutch!
"Jimmer can't play defense" is used by ignorant viewers who
regurgitate lame cliches to pretend they're as knowledgeable as pro scouts.
I greatly tire of hearing it. Anyone who watched the game last night saw that
Jimmer's defense is no worse than any average player, including starters.
I highly doubt his defense impacts his playing time at all.His
slashing to the interior, however, is always a train wreck. He seems to
anticipate that the defense played on him will be similar to what he experienced
in college. In several such attempts last night, he came away with zero baskets
and was only fouled once.
Was Rock even at the game? Jimmer got booed every time he touched ball or came
into the game. Yeah there were cheers when he made that 3 but just as many when
he missed the free throw. Jazz fans did not show up to cheer Jimmer.
No debateFredette does not play defense. Ok he plays, but not even
average. The man is a revolving door.
Did U Seriously watch the game? The Jazz scoring that brought them
back was not done by players guarded by Fredette. Did you notice all the
scoring by Kings in the first half, just running free down the lane, uncontested
for basket after basket? Like I said, even average starters in the NBA are
lousy at defense, and no better than Fredette. Bagging on him for poor defense
is just the ignorant regurgitation of cliches because you can't come up
with any original critique.
Love the Jazz. Fredette is over rated by people commenting on this article. Did
you know that def. is different in the Pros. Geared to allow such actions in the
lane so we can be entertained by above the rim skills. I am talking about his
college days also. I guess debate is about RU Serious that a coach whose job
relies on wins and losses would keep a player on the pine that is as good as you
claim Fredette is? I don't think so. I hope he does well.
RU Serious - seems you read my posts less attentively than you watch Jazz games,
or maybe it's the Kings games where your focus lags, or may just your
specific attention to Jimmer. I never made any claim that Fredette is good, or
that his defensive skills are good. I merely said they're no worse than
many other NBA players, including many starters, including some of the Jazz
players based on some pretty loose defense I've seen lately. I also said
Jimmer's a train wreck slashing into the paint, and I think that's a
bigger concern to anyone paying attention. His defense is not noticeably
sub-par by average NBA standards. If you understand the word average, I
wouldn't expect you to respond by saying how good I think Fredette is.I hope he does well too, but he's still got a lot of NBA growing to
just stating obvious facts my friend. I hope "average" doesn't have
to be "regurgitated" again. I love the Jazz. Didn't finish
we'll tonight. Asked Kings fans on a chat line during the game impressions
of Fredette. Everybody likes him, and would like to see him more. I hope he gets
a chance. Stay cool.
So if Fredette is so bad, why all the attention and boos? If he's that
bad, I would think the fans would be cheering for him to come in. The boos make
no sense. They say more about the person booing than Fredette. Small minds do
"...reclamation project". Extremely poor choice of words. It's
great to have "Wally Cleaver" to cheer for. Much easier for me and many
others who don't relish watching the "jeweled and tattoed".