Scoring, particularly shooting, was an area of concern for the Chicago Bulls this season. On March 2, the Bulls attempted to address that concern with the signing of Jimmer Fredette, who had been waived by the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 27; however, he never earned consistent minutes to truly show his shooting capabilities. But one game of quality minutes showed a glimpse of what Jimmer Time was all about.
On April 14, D.J. Augustin missed the Bulls’ 108-95 win over the Orlando Magic because of the birth of his son, thus giving the backup point guard minutes to Fredette. It would be the first time he wasn’t relegated to just garbage time and would actually see meaningful minutes as a Bull.
Fredette ended up leading the bench with 17 points (7-14 FG), 1-5 3PT), three rebounds and two assists in 30:35. He also had three turnovers and five fouls, but those were manageable and not very harmful. He even played well enough to play and produce more than starting point guard Kirk Hinrich did (he had three points in 21:36). Not only that, but his 17 points were the third highest on the team that night, beating three of the starters.
Aside from that one game, though, Fredette didn’t do much. He was just never given the opportunity to do so. He only played over five minutes once in his seven other appearances.
Overall, Fredette averaged 4.0 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 7.0 minutes of play. He shot 44.8 percent from the field, but only 36.4 percent on threes. For someone known as a sharpshooter, Fredette’s three-point shooting percentage isn’t near jaw-dropping.But, again, he really only had one real in-game opportunity, in which he made significant contributions.
Final Grade: A-