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How will Jimmer fit in with the Chicago Bulls?

By Jay Yeomans, For the Deseret News

Published: Sat, March 1 5:15 p.m. MST

 Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) looks up court after being charged with a foul against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) looks up court after being charged with a foul against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Tony Gutierrez, AP)

Now that Jimmer Fredette has finally cleared waivers and will reportedly signed with Chicago, here is a look at how he will fit in for the playoff-bound Bulls.

The Bulls are a defensive team that struggles to score at times. In fact, it is the lowest scoring team in the NBA averaging just 92.9 points a game, according to basketball-reference.com. One of the main reasons the Bulls have a hard time scoring is because they aren't blessed with a lot of great shooters. As a team, the Bulls shot 42.7 percent from the floor and a mere 34.1 percent from 3-point range. It's very likely that Fredette can help them improve both of those numbers.

As for playing time, Chicago has basically used four guards extensively since the loss of Derrick Rose early in the year. Kirk Hinrich starts at the point and plays about 29 minutes a night. He is a solid lead guard who doesn't look to score much, but does a great job on the defensive end. He has really struggled with his shot this season making 37.8 percent from the field and just 31.1 percent from behind the arc. He is spelled by D.J. Augustin. Augustin was picked up after Toronto cut him after the trade for Greivis Vasquez. He has played extremely well coming off the bench for the Bulls. He plays more than 30 minutes a contest and in averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 assists. Augustin hasn't shot the ball well from the field, coming in at just under 40 percent, but is making 41.3 percent of his three's.

At the two spot, Chicago relies on Jimmy Butler to play big minutes. He is a great defender who can do a little bit of everything, other than shoot. In nearly 37 minutes a game, Butler averages 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals. As for his shooting percentages, they are 39 percent from the floor while attempting around 10 shots and 28.1 percent from long-range on 3.3 shots per game. His backup is rookie Tony Snell from New Mexico. Snell plays about 20 minutes a night, but like the other Bulls guards, has had a hard time making baskets. He shoots 38.6 percent from the floor and 33.5 percent from three. If nothing else, Fredette should be able to find minutes purely as a shooter.

The Bulls really need an outside threat to spread the floor and create more space for the Chicago big men, and Fredette can provide that. Even with their poor outside shooting and difficulty scoring the ball, Chicago is still one of the top teams in the East. Fredette could possibly play a similar role to that of Nate Robinson from a year ago. Instant offense in short bursts to open up leads or bring the Bulls back. He may not have as much success as Robinson did because he doesn't have the quickness to create the same kind of space that Robinson did offensively.

Fredette can also be used to help Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. They both see a lot of double teams from the top side because of the lack of outside shooting. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau could put Fredette on the same side as either Boozer or Gibson and alleviate that problem.

Although Chicago is not the perfect fit for Fredette, it is about as close as he can get to it at this point in his career. He will surely be able to help the Bulls out on the offensive end of the floor and his defensive deficiencies won't be a huge problem because the Bulls play fantastic team defense. Fredette should be a nice addition for Chicago as it makes a push to get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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1. Christopher B
Ogden, UT,
March 1, 2014

"Although Chicago is not the perfect fit for Fredette, it is about as close as he can get to it at this point in his career"

Why not just say "This is as close to a perfect fit as Jimmer could possibly ask for"

Its like the jimmer supporters have just gotten the exact situation they could have hoped for, and they're already saying its not 100% perfect?

If Jimmer can't make it here, where would he make it? If this isn't the perfect fit, what would be?

2. crush57
Vernal, Ut,
March 1, 2014

As a Ute fan who hated the success Jimmer had against Utah, I recognize and appreciate his talents. I find it hard not to cheer for any hard working player who handles success and challenges with class. I hope he gets a chance to showcase his talents in Chicago while continuing to work on his all around game.

3. sockpuppet
Provo, UT,
March 2, 2014

Jimmer to the Bulls will be just like John Beck to the Redskins. High hopes, poor results.

4. BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK,
March 3, 2014

@ crush57 - Vernal, Ut - "As a Ute fan who hated the success Jimmer had against Utah, I recognize and appreciate his talents. I find it hard not to cheer for any hard working player who handles success and challenges with class. I hope he gets a chance to showcase his talents in Chicago while continuing to work on his all around game."

crush -

I'm a diehard Cougar fan and I appreciate, and respect, your class. Thank you.

@ sockpuppet - Provo, UT - "Jimmer to the Bulls will be just like John Beck to the Redskins. High hopes, poor results."

sockpuppet -

You, on the other hand, have much to learn, grasshopper.....