Five things to know about Jimmer Fredette

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

1)      The free-agent Pelicans signee is a combo guard who has spent time at both backcourt positions during his three-year NBA career. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Fredette has played 64 percent of his pro minutes as a point guard, with 36 percent at shooting guard. During his brief cameo with the Chicago Bulls last season, his time at the positions was an even 50-50 split.

2)      Fredette was a sensation during his college career at Brigham Young University. His high-scoring exploits spawned the term “Jimmer Mania,” which partly described the immense amount of fanfare he received while becoming one of the nation’s best offensive players.

3)      His final college game as a senior at BYU took place in the city of New Orleans. On March 19, 2011, the Cougars lost in the Sweet 16 to Florida, in a game played at Smoothie King Center. Florida went on to lose to Butler two days later with a Final Four berth at stake.

4)      He was the 10th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, but has been seeking an optimum opportunity to contribute since arriving in the league. He played a career-high 1,135 minutes as a rookie, but his playing time has decreased in the ensuing two seasons, to 967 minutes in 2012-13 and just 519 last season. He only played 20-plus minutes in a game three times in 2013-14. All seven of his NBA starts came as a Sacramento rookie.

5)      Fredette, whose given first name is “James,” is a native of Glens Falls, N.Y. He will wear jersey No. 32 for the Pelicans. It’s the same number he wore in college and with Chicago. He couldn’t wear 32 as a Sacramento rookie, because Kings veteran Francisco Garcia already had that uniform number.