Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA, even if Melo doesn’t know his name
If you’ve been itching for a Jimmer Fredette NBA comeback, you’re in luck — and you have the New York Knicks to thank.
In 30 games this season with the Westchester Knicks, New York’s D-League affiliate, Fredette has averaged 21.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 40.5 percent from deep. And that’s apparently enough to earn him a call-up to the big leagues, as the team announced on Monday the signing of Fredette to a 10-day contract. He will be eligible to play in the Knicks’ Monday game against the Toronto Raptors.
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— Jimmer Fredette (@jimmerfredette) February 22, 2016
Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft after winning NCAA Player of the Year honors with BYU during the 2010-11 NCAA season. He’s averaged 6.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists to go with 38.0 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 233 career regular-season NBA games. New York is the fourth team for which Fredette will have played in his five-year NBA career.
The Knicks could use some depth at the guard positions, and Fredette is a warm body who can dribble a basketball and shoot. Just don’t expect teammates like Carmelo Anthony to muster much enthusiasm for Fredette’s signing?
Carmelo on Jimmer: "To be honest with you I haven't seen Jimmy play in a long time."
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 21, 2016
Jimmy … Jimmer … whatever. It’s all the same thing to Fredette:
Jimmer said he was unaware that Carmelo had called him "Jimmy." Was fine with it. "I've had people call me Jimmy, Jim, Jimster," he said.
— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) February 21, 2016
If you let him shoot and pay him to play basketball, you can call him whatever (respectful) nickname you’d like.