Jimmer Fredette Should be in the NBA – Just Not on the Suns

Jimmer Fredette is getting another chance in the NBA, but would he have a better opportunity on a different team?

Jimmer Fredette has signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns. 

Fredette bounced around the NBA for several years after being drafted but was never able to carve out a place in the league for himself after averaging only 6 points in 13.4 minutes per game.

However, the legend of “Jimmer-Mania” would not end there. Fredette’s next chapter in his basketball story would take him to the Chinese Basketball Association. Dubbed “The Lonely Master” in China, Fredette has dominated the CBA from day one. After joining the Shanghai Sharks for the 2016-17 season, he went on to win MVP after averaging a league-high 37.6 points per game.

Fredette wrapped up the 2018-19 campaign with the Sharks averaging 36 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.

While some are ecstatic for Fredette to get a second chance to prove himself as an NBA player, there is one major issue others see in this situation – why do the Suns, of all teams, want to take a chance on Fredette?

The second year of the deal includes a team option for next season, so there is a chance that the Fredette-Phoenix relationship will be short lived anyway. Either way, there does not seem to be many good reasons for the Suns to add Fredette to their team right now. The aurora of Jimmer-Mania might sell a few tickets and a couple of jerseys, but basketball-wise it makes no sense.

First off, they will be adding Fredette to a backcourt that is still missing a true point guard, something that has hurt them all season long.

Beside Devin Booker, no Suns guard has been dependable this year (or anytime recently, for that matter). Tyler Johnson has been a decent fill-in at point guard, but he probably isn’t the long-term plan there. They have two rookie point guards in De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo, so it leaves fans wondering where Fredette fits into the team’s plans.

The Suns could be looking for a backup shooting guard, but Fredette never found his groove in his first stints at that position in the NBA. Just look at his first game as a member of Phoenix, where he was only able to secure four minutes of playing time. 

I am hoping for the best for Fredette in his latest NBA aspirations but this has a giant question mark written all over it.

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