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Jimmer Fredette Wants Another NBA Shot

Jimmer Fredette, a former college sensation, is hoping to make a triumphant return to the NBA. Jimmer Fredette was a young star at BYU, although is NBA career didn’t play out as he’d hoped.

He currently plays in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Shanghai Sharks. He has been there for the last few seasons after five disappointing NBA seasons.

While still in the NBA, he played for the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks. However, he only averaged 6.0 points and 1.4 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three.


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“I want to have another opportunity in the NBA because there is some unfinished business for me there. After this season is over, I want another NBA chance,” said Jimmer Fredette.

This time, I’ll succeed. I feel really good about how I am playing. I know that if I get a chance, I will take advantage of it and be successful and help a team win. I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’m going to finish my contract in China this season and be the best I can be for my team. But after that, I will see what is out there and try to be on a roster for the NBA postseason.”


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In China, the 29 year old has averaged 37.4 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent from three. As well as that, he’s a two-time All-Star and was the CBA International MVP in 2016 – 2017.

However, doubts remain over his physicality and ability to defend. Naturally, Fredette says that won’t be an issue the second time around.

“I have a willingness to defend and I’ve gotten leaner and I have gotten quicker. I’ve put on more strength. I know how to use my body effectively now that I’m older, which helps me cut guys off. It helps to know the scouting report and do whatever I can to make the guy that I am guarding feel uncomfortable and do something that he does not love to do. I’m trying to take away the one or two things he does best and put him off balance. It’s about playing smart within a defensive scheme.”


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