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Jimmer Fredette thinks Bulls give him ideal opportunity

By Jason Jones, The Sacramento Bee (MCT)

Published: Sun, March 16 2:35 p.m. MDT

 Chicago Bulls point guard Jimmer Fredette (32) pushes towards the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Chicago. The San Antonio Spurs defeated The Chicago Bulls 104-96.

Chicago Bulls point guard Jimmer Fredette (32) pushes towards the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Chicago. The San Antonio Spurs defeated The Chicago Bulls 104-96.

(Andrew Nelles, Associated Press)

Jimmer Fredette’s big fan following is based mostly on his impressive career at BYU.

It would be nice if Fredette was praised for what he’s done since leaving college at some point.

“That’s what you want,” Fredette said. “You want to move forward. Obviously, people will remember that, but I want to move forward and be a pro.”

Fredette is trying do that with the Chicago Bulls, who signed him after he agreed to a buyout with the Kings and was waived last month.

Fredette is averaging 4.3 minutes in four appearances for the Bulls since suiting up with them for the first time March 2 against the New York Knicks.

But after two-plus seasons in Sacramento, where he played for three head coaches and received inconsistent minutes, the former college Player of the Year believes joining the Bulls for the rest of the season is the first step toward finding his niche in the NBA.

“I really like the way that they play,” Fredette said. “They play hard and they don’t have great outside shooting as a team, and that’s something I feel is a strength of mine and I can help them in that area. They play great team defense, and I feel I fit in very well with these guys and this organization.”

Like Fredette’s coaches in Sacramento, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau praised Fredette’s work ethic and attitude.

Being a late-season addition makes it hard for Fredette to get into the rotation, especially on a team on its way to the playoffs.

Thibodeau said if injuries or foul trouble forced him to play Fredette, he has confidence in him.

“I thought the times he played against us, he did a very good job,” Thibodeau said. “He’s more than just a shooter. I think what he can do in a pick-and-roll can be very effective. He’s very good with the ball. He’s got to learn defensively what to do in terms of team defense, and that’s usually the biggest adjustment.”

Fredette said he is a better player than when he was a first-round draft pick in 2011, even though he didn’t play regularly enough to show those improvements.

It’s still early in Fredette’s career, and he is confident that with the right opportunity he can show he’s not just a college superstar from a mid-major conference who didn’t have the ability to succeed at the next level.

“It happens to a lot guys in the NBA,” Fredette said. “Not everyone comes in and is a superstar right away or gets the right role right away. You’ve got to find the right fit, find the right team on that journey, and I hope that it happens here.”

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1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
March 16, 2014

He is getting less playing time now than he did with kings.

And no, players don't always sit on the bench for weeks with new teams before they start to play.

2. Crow
Sandy , UT,
March 16, 2014

Lets just call what his career really is a bust. It is sad we still have to endure articles about this below average NBA basketball player

3. Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU,
March 16, 2014

Will the bulls keep him after the season? He's not playing much now, and most likely won't play in the playoffs so I wonder about his overall future there anyway. Wish he would have played against the kings for good minutes...he's got more DNPs than the other way around unfortunately

4. Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah,
March 16, 2014

"Being a late-season addition makes it hard for Fredette to get into the rotation, especially on a team on its way to the playoffs." -- DN Spin

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Nope, that's not the reason.

Andre Miller was also a "late-season addition to a playoff team". He's averaging 13 mins per game, 4.6 PPG. I think we Jason Collins a late-season addition to a playoff team in Brooklyn is contributing more than the Jimmer.

Reality is that the Jimmer is getting a 2nd chance in Chicago, but he still hasn't broken into the rotation. Maybe next year? Maybe Utah Jazz? Maybe Europe?

There's no argument he's a great shooter, but as of yet he hasn't proven he could do much of anything else. Else he would be playing.

5. Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA,
March 16, 2014

Just watched "Linsanity" where Jeremy Lin was literally one game away from being let go before he exploded on the court (got put in as injury sub). Hopefully Jimmer gets a chance before those in charge give up on him. I do understand Chicago needing to give him some practice time to gel with the team, but eventually Chicago needs to give him a chance to see what he's got.

Whether or not he can have the same success as Lin is arguable, but just let him play an entire game and let us find out!