The dirty little secret the Jazz has is they can't sell tickets. This draft
wont' change a thing. They need to do something…I just wait for the
"we have free Jazz tickets at the front desk" emails at work so the
arena doesn't look so empty on TV.Jimmer would turn that
around.WWLD (What would Larry Do?) Error on the side of
entertainment.Sign him so I will want to make the effort to go get
the free tickets!
I don't care if Jimmer comes to the Jazz - I just hope he gets an honest
opportunity somewhere. He has kept a good attitude, despite all the criticism.
He was drafted by a dysfunctional Kings team. I am not a Bulls fan, but like
their current coach - he as the ability to develop talent. With me it
isn't a Mormon thing or a BYU thing, it is a ball player who played locally
that just hasn't been given an opportunity. I hope he will fit in
somewhere and have a solid career.
I bet there are at least 15 teams lining up for Jimmy.
Just read an article from the Glenn Falls newspaper which stated that
Jimmer's agent had received calls from multiple teams today. I hope one of
them was the Jazz. We need shooting in the worst way and nobody will have to
overpay to get Jimmer. It's worth the risk.
Thanks for your post "buryme". I read the article and hope something
pans out for Fredette.
CentralUtah "The dirty little secret the Jazz has is they can't sell
tickets."Quite curious what you base that comment on.The
Jazz are 12th out of 30 teams in overall attendance. Average attendance last
season was 18,175 in a 19,900 seat arena. Jimmer can sell tickets? OK. How
much do you pay a player to fill those last few seats?
Look at the end of the day it is entertainment. Every year the jazz have three
or four guys who are good but are just marginal at best. They are then replaced
with more next year. He has a decided measurable talent. People
enjoy it, will attend the game for it, and will plant themselves in front of the
TV for it. Really why not give him a few three point shots? As a player
he'll probably encourage others to practice shooting the ball and putting
it in. If I was a Jazz player I would listen to him when he talked about
I don't understand why you made the comment that Jimmer was slow. I
remember watching him with his crossover dribble leave defenders in his wake,
and drawing fouls from the bigs under the basket. When you have a player who
doesn't get to play that much, but still shoot 90% from the line and nearly
50% from the field and 3 point range, then you certainly need to take a look at
him. Besides, every body knows that with the talent in the NBA the way it is,
playing defense is a team thing more than an individual thing. I would love to
see Jimmer with the Jazz. IMHO.
If Jimmer won't cost much. fills in empty seats and brings in revenue, then
why not go after him? Maybe because the novelty of going to games for Jimmer
will quickly wear off as he mostly sits the bench and doesn't produce on
the court. There are other 'Jimmer concerns' as well. Like
giving up a roster spot for him and Jazz brass not wanting criticism and
backlash for not giving Jimmer minutes and the green light to shoot. An NBA team is not BYU with no other options to score. Team chemistry issues
could result from a one dimensional player (Jimmer) tossing up threes from the
state line. Stars can go one on one. Jimmer was a star in college and could play
that way then. Defenses are better (sound/more skilled) in the NBA and Jimmer
doesn't have the athleticism to use his all around offensive skills to get
a shot off without spotting up on a team that has big time scoring ball
handlers. OKC fits that bill. Will Jimmer be ready to hit shots spotting up. At
BYU he was used to having the ball in his hands.
Also, is Jimmer a PG or SG in the NBA? I think he is too slow to be a PG and too
short to be a SG. I say this relative to him being a consistent contributor on
the court. Can a team find a role for Jimmer in spots? Yes I think
so. But will his shot be ready to roll and can he get hot when called upon on
demand in shorts spurts (meaning set minutes or substitution patterns will not
be available for him). There aren't many specialists like that who come in
and provide just a shot that stick very long in the league without fading away.
Jimmer to me is an Eddie House prototype. JJ Redick was a college
star who's game many felt wouldn't translate to the NBA. Well he has
persevered and developed his game. Jimmer is at best a possible comparison here,
only Redick is more athletic, longer, and a better defender.
The poll question options disappoint again. I rarely find an option that
describes my opinion.One option given was "Yes, they badly need
him". Over 50% of voters selected that option. Sorry guys but no NBA badly
needs Jimmer. Some might have interest. Come on, be realistic.
Sooner, the arena was never that full. There is some creative accounting going
on with those attendance numbers. I went to several games last season and I
would put our true attendance around 15,000. A far cry from the glory days of
constant sell outs, even on nights when the competition wasn't inspiring.
Jimmer would be butts in the seats and you know it.
All of those clamoring for the Jazz to sign Jimmer as a means of selling tickets
is a joke. It may work for the first home game of the season, which is always a
sell out anyway, but once it becomes clear Jimmer will be riding the pine in
Jazzland, how many tickets would be purchased to watch him sit.Jimmer will never be a major minute player in the NBA, he doesn't have
the physical ability to play in this league. He will be remembered as a scoring
machine on a college team who didn't require him to do anything but shoot
the ball. That singular talent plays well in the Euro-League where no one plays
defense, each team simply tries to outscore their opponents, which is perfectly
suited for Jimmer's game. Why can't people understand that about his
Jimmers problem is that he is small and slow, but so was Korver and Foye. The
Jazz need a sharpshooter in the worst way, to spot up in the corners ansd open
up the middle, and Hayward is not the solution- way too inconsistent when he has
to force shots. Its not like the Jazz have ever defended outside shooters....
Defense? NBA? Very much an oxymoron. Defense hasn't been practiced in
the NBA since the days of Clyde Frazer, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain.
SoonerUte, you make my point exactly! They're 15th in attendance because
they flood downtown with free tickets to fill seats! Not every arena in the
league has the location that makes that possible.The Jazz need to
get real and put a "fun" team on the floor. They're never going to
be contenders; face the facts and make it entertainment! Jimmer would do that!
We heard for the longest time jammer just needed to be freed from Sacrament and
go to a team that is well coached(like Chicago), that plays defense(like
Chicago) so he wont have to, and that needed 3 point shooting(like Chicago)Well, I guess even the perfect fit couldn't save Jimmer's
career.Enjoy Europe Jimmer!
CentralUtah,Exactly where in downtown are those free tickets? I
guess I've missed those streets. As for the pro-Jimmer posts, remember,
playing in the NBA requires a player to play defense, something Jimmer was never
required to do in college. Although that may have worked in college with other
players picking up the slack for him, it won't fly in the pros. There are
too many talented players in the NBA that can play on both sides of the ball.
Unfortunately, Jimmer is not one of them.
He is slow for the NBA and can not play defense. He needs to go the route of
Travis Hansen and play in Europe or Russia. He will find more success there.
All he will do if he were to be a member of the Utah Jazz is ride the bench. He
does need the right situation to play in the NBA and the only reason why the
Jazz would get him would be to sell tickets. I hope is had s focused solely on
his foot speed and defense over the summer. Question though? has anyone
contacted him since yesterday?
Jimmer will never get a chance to play anywhere in the NBA. I think most of us
know the reason and it has nothing to do with ability. I think he will do well
in Europe where he will get a chance to play. Maybe then he can come back to
the USA and fill a slot in the NBA. It is too bad even the Jazz won't
work with him, but they remain one of the worst managed franchises in all sports
so we should not be surprised.
I would love to find all of those "free tickets" people are talking
about. Where do you get them? A friend of ours manages a hotel downtown, they
don't have free tickets. Where exactly are these free tickets available?
And if the Jazz are so eager to bring people into the arena that they are giving
away free tickets, why don't they publicize them so the arena can be full
every night? C'mon, people, show a guy a little love here. I'll go
to all 41 home games if I'm being given free tickets.Central,
give us the info. Where are these free tickets? There not at the hotel our
daughter works at. If free tickets are flooding downtown, wouldn't that be
a logical place to distribute these tickets? Anyone here that can help a guy
out? Send that flood of free tickets my way and I'll support the Jazz
signing a guy who is too slow to play point, too small to play the 2 and
doesn't have the skills to be a consistent player, let alone starter, in
If it's not about Jimmer being "NBA worthy", it's about BYU
being "P5 worthy". Neither has proven they have the talent for the next
level.Jimmer was a great college player, he's a bench player at
best in the NBA, according to NBA scouts/pundits:“Jimmer
Fredette has never shown that he can do all that much in the NBA. He’s not
playing against college kids. He’s playing against grown men,
professionals. Everyone he plays against has great athleticism. Fredette lacks
the physical attributes required to play at an elite level in the NBA.
Where’s the strength? Where’s the foot quickness? Where’s the
length? He’s way down in the equation physically in the NBA.”"Finally, the Jimmer was unveiled as 90 percent media creation, 10
percent basketball prodigy. No reasonable person can watch Jimmer and Kemba, and
tell me Jimmer's in the same league. Laughable. The Jimmer and that hype is
done! That guy, trust me, is coming to an NBA bench near you."
Wayne Rout,You said, "Jimmer will never get a chance to play
anywhere in the NBA. I think most of us know the reason and it has nothing to do
with ability."I guess I'm one of those who doesn't
know "the reason." Please tell me what that is.
Jimmer can be the mascot or Exums towel boy.
The Jazz don't really care about what the fans want anymore. We can't
have a good team so how about you allow us to at least enjoy supporting an
entertaining player. Since Larry's passing I don't think the Jazz care
about what the fans want. Jimmer would be better than at least two of the failed
social experiments that they Jazz have on the bench. The Jazz are quickly
becoming irrelevant to me as a fan. This a shining example as to why that is.
C'est la Vie. Its time to move on.
@mufastaYes, even mor than Jimmer, the Jazz are irrelevant. The Jazz
have ridden the NBA's pine for way too long. RIP Larry
The Jazz should hire Jimmer Fredette . . . as a shooting coach.Nobody can deny that when it comes to shooting, Jimmer knows what he is doing.
And quite frankly, the Jazz could use his expertise.Do it Jazz,
offer him a job as a shooting coach.
Jimmer will have an opportunity to play in the NBA this next season and beyond
if he wants it. He would most likely make more money, have more playing time,
and be a star overseas, however. I think Jimmer's work ethic has gotten him
this far and it can also get him to the point where he can defend well enough to
earn more minutes in the NBA. Blaming his lack of time on bad coaches, bad
teams, or other unspecified reasons will only hold him back.
mufasta"The Jazz don't really care about what the fans want
anymore. We can't have a good team so how about you allow us to at least
enjoy supporting an entertaining player. Since Larry's passing I don't
think the Jazz care about what the fans want. Jimmer would be better than at
least two of the failed social experiments that they Jazz have on the bench. The
Jazz are quickly becoming irrelevant to me as a fan. This a shining example as
to why that is. C'est la Vie. Its time to move on."If the
Jazz listened to their fans, they would be sitting in the stands with them as
Interesting comments. The comments of known Ute fans were totally
predictable. They haven't changed since Jimmer was playing in college and
would embarrass the Utes each time they played. From that time on, it
wouldn't matter what Jimmer did or does in the NBA, the ultra-Ute fans
would find ways to be critical. He's a better player than the Utes have had
in quite some time and that continues leaving a burr under the saddle. Naysayers will continue being themselves regardless of circumstances. After a
while, their criticism says more about themselves than the people they are
criticizing. Their opinions are then taken with a grain of salt, since
objectiveness is obviously missing.And so it is concerning Jimmer.
In actuality, he's never been given substantial minutes over any length of
time since joining the NBA. Until he or anyone else receives that chance,
it's impossible to make a totally objective evaluation of their NBA
abilities... only skewed opinions.
As usual, Uteology doesn't quote the source of his quotes. As such,
how much credence and/or reliability do they probably have. Probably not much at
all. That's the exact reason why few people take the comments of Ute
fans seriously on any article with BYU ties. They usually lack any
discernible objectiveness. And so it is today.
Yes, the Jazz can't afford to give Jimmer the spot held by John Lucas
The jazz better sing him. He's awesome and just needs to be given a chance.
Teams just haven't giving him a chance.
A lot of people on here say that Jimmer can't compete in the NBA. I would
disagree. When he's been given more than a few minutes off the bench he
has shown the he is more than capable of producing. Unfortunately, the times
he's been given more than a few minutes are few and far between.
I would be interested to see him In San Antonio. Patty Mills will be out
several months for the Spurs, and I think Jimmer could get a few minutes here
and there for the first couple of months there. Plus, everyone here says
Europeans don't play defense, so he might as well go to a team with plenty
of Europeans, and players that played in European leagues.
Not a compelling argument for not drafting Jimmer.The Jazz were 24th
in threes. Jimmer was near the top in three-point shooting. That
doesn't deserve ten minutes?
Yeah, just because Jimmer finds a way to win when given the chance and the Jazz
always look for ways to lose, don't go after Jimmer, he just wouldn't
fit in?Can you imagine what would have happened with Stockton and
Malone if Frank Layden had espoused Jerry Sloan's coaching philosophy of
using young players who'd just coming into the game?I'll
tell you what we would have seen. The two best players the Jazz ever had would
have sat on the bench, playing sparingly, until they were traded to play for
other teams that would soon be playoff contenders and league champions!As long as the Jazz management continues to worship Sloan, they'll stay
right where they've been since John and Karl; that is, in the celler.
Wow, the sage of El Paso has spoken; exactly what is the unspoken-reason your
are alluding too?
Jimmer is terrible and the Jazz dont need him. The Jazz need to match Heyward
and go sign spend the rest on Lance Stephenson!
Flashback says: "Defense? NBA? Very much an oxymoron. Defense hasn't
been practiced in the NBA since the days of Clyde Frazer, Jerry West, and Wilt
Chamberlain."No-one who says this has even the vaguest notion of
how to evaluate basketball and probably hasn't watched a game since the
days of Clyde Frazer, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain.
Jimmer could still play in the NBA for the right team. The kid can shoot and if
that is all he is needed for - to come off the bench and hit some three's
for a few minutes a half then he could make it. Is there a team out there
willing ? Hard to say. Hopefully one more team will take a shot at him otherwise
@ObjectifiedCut and paste would have worked as well, but here you
ago..."I've seen dead people play better defense. At least
they occasionally trip people. If his last college game is what he's
bringing to the NBA, then I'd say, in five years, he's got a really
good chance to be your Provo area Isuzu dealer." -- Rick Reilly "Finally, the Jimmer was unveiled as 90 percent media creation, 10 percent
basketball prodigy." -- Colin Cowherd"I hope I'm
wrong, but I believe Jimmer is going to struggle at the next level ...
Defensively, he's going to get demolished. He sat back in that zone at BYU,
and even then he didn't put forth any effort. He won't be able to
guard anybody in the NBA." -- Chris Broussard Source:NBA
Draft 2011: What the Experts Are Saying About Jimmer FredetteBy Andy
Bailey (Apr 7, 2011)"Jimmer Fredette has never shown that he can
do all that much in the NBA..."Source:Jimmer Fredette the
NBA's Tim Tebow? College Great on the Verge of Sacramento ReleaseYou welcome!
BrioAlpine, UTInteresting comments.The comments of
known Ute fans were totally predictable. They haven't changed since Jimmer
was playing in college and would embarrass the Utes each time they played. From
that time on, it wouldn't matter what Jimmer did or does in the NBA, the
ultra-Ute fans would find ways to be critical. He's a better player than
the Utes have had in quite some time and that continues leaving a burr under the
saddle. -------------It's not Utah fans that are
criticizing, it's everyone else (aka NBA scouts/pundits). It's BYU
fans that think he's an All-Star who only needs the chance on the right
team.The best player to come from the state since Andrew Bougt is
Lillard. The next NBA player most likely from the state will be Delon Wright.
@BrioAnd so it is concerning Jimmer. In actuality, he's never
been given substantial minutes over any length of time since joining the NBA.
Until he or anyone else receives that chance, it's impossible to make a
totally objective evaluation of their NBA abilities... only skewed opinions.------------How many Jazz fans want to give "substantial
minutes" to Ian Clark just so he can prove himself? Like Clark,
Jimmer had the same opportunity to prove himself as being "NBA worthy"
in practice. I can only assume that the Kings and Bull coaching staff's
opinion isn't "skewed".
"The Jazz should hire Jimmer Fredette . . . as a shooting coach."Actually, his college shooting style hindered him in the NBA. He has a
tendency to put the ball on the floor before he shoots, where NBA speed demands
a catch and shoot player. If he learned to become a catch and shoot guy,
consider hiring as a shooting coach. Or hire the guy who taught Jimmer NBA
I'm done with the Jazz.. Two years ago I took 40 employees to a jazz game,
the next time I went , I listened to Ute fans boo Jimmer every time he touched
the ball… David Lock is a zero as a broadcaster, bad management, done.
Uteology, plenty of NBA players have languished on benches, apparently not
showing enough in practices to warrant much PT, until they were forced onto the
court by injuries to other players. Then they proved to be serviceable, solid
players. The Ian Clark example is poor because Clark has no obvious elite skill?
Pretty much anyone concedes Jimmer can shoot the deep ball at an elite level.
One would think that would be a useful skill to some team.And once
again, the sneering "I told you so" Ute clique implies that the only
possibilities that were ever in play were "total bust" (which
you're openly rooting for; stay classy) and perennial all-star, which
apparently all BYU fans have always thought was Jimmer's future.Seasoned baskebtall fans allowed for, and could reasonbly predict, a future
where Jimmer carves out a nice NBA niche as an instant-offense sub or spot
starter on good teams. Frankly, there's still no reason this can't
happen. Just like with any non-elite player, it comes down to fit. Are we sure
Jimmer couldn't be Steve Kerr? Why not?
I love how the reason that is always given for not signing him is "It will
be too much pressure", what is this the peewee league? You're a
franchise! You do what you want! Sure the fans will hiss and fit but in the end
the coach makes the call. Stop saying that it will be too much pressure,
it's becoming annoying. There is NO reason the Jazz shouldn't sign
Jimmer Fredette this season. It will only mean GOOD things for the Jazz. Drop
Lucas, add Jimmer. He will more than pay you back in revenue, merchandise, etc.
And hey, you we might even see the Jimmer in college with his swag back. I hope
we free the kid and save his career. Come on Utah, you're not gonna get a
4th chance at this.
The title of this article should read... "Don't expect the Jazz to make
any logic decision" It's been the slogan for the last decade.
The Jazz are the 7th most profitable team in the NBA this year according to a
new article. I don't think they are hurting for revenue. The goal is to buy
wins and Jimmer won't bring one additional win. He won't even get off
I guess byu fan sees somethin in jimmer no other nba team sees.
I would concede Jimmer over Lucas III. You don't think the Jazz fans were
booing Jimmer because he was playing for the other team do you?
Despite his defensive issues, I think he would be an upgrade over JL3 and useful
as a situational reserve and locker room presence. He would be a 12th man and an
efficient scorer in late-game situations for three point and free throw
shooting, ala Kyle Korver, who also wasn't a good defensively. Lack of
outside shooting has been a major woe for the Jazz, and they need outside
threats beyond stretch 4s. As a backup, Jimmer would also be matched up against
players who aren't major offensive threats. And if Coach Snyder can install
a good team defense, individual defensive liabilities become less significant.
There are plenty of players in the league who aren't defensive
"stoppers" but are just as useful from a team standpoint because they
make an opponent work just as hard defending them or fill niche roles. Its the
clamoring for playing time from fans that might be the major sticking point, and
one reason the Jazz have historically stayed away from local players until later
in their careers.
I don't know if Fredette is the answer to the Jazz terrible record, but
looking at Jazz draft picks over the years it is apparent that they are poor
judges of talent. The Jazz could learn something from Greg Popovich and the way
he recruits and develops talent. Of course, the Spurs are only the NBA champs.