When Jimmer Fredette was picked 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, it came with some high expectations.
He was an absolute scoring sensation in BYU, being unanimously named the 2011 national player of the year. In the NBA, out of the gate, he resurrected the Kings franchise with "Jimmermania," putting on a promising display in his rookie season.
After that, though, things fizzled out big-time for the young prospect. He was traded to Chicago in 2014, and it's been downhill ever since. He would put on stellar shooting displays for a game or two at a time, but could never seem to consistently maintain those performances. Fast-forward to today, and the now 29-year old ball player is seeking a comeback after two seasons with the Shanghai Sharks.
" I want to have another opportunity in the NBA because there is some unfinished business for me there," Fredette told HoopsHype in a conversation about his future. "After this season is over, I want another NBA chance. 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."
When asked to explain what he could bring to an NBA franchise, Fredette was not shy about coming up with a response.
"I can be a great teammate, bringing it every single night. I know what it takes to win and I’ve helped lead teams to winning cultures. I want to be a part of a winning culture. I’m going to help the young guys get better. I can be a great fit on the locker room and on the floor at a high level. There are certain times when I was younger, I was occasionally more passive. This time, when I get that chance, if I get it, they’ll know that I will do whatever I can to help my team win. I’m going to be more aggressive each and every night. I want to have that mindset whenever I play and help the team the most with my skill set, which is as a scorer."
The interview goes on, with questions about his experience with the Sharks, the adjustments he's made since his time in the NBA, and what it was like to see so much success overseas.
And he has seen plenty of success overseas. To go along with a 75 point night, Fredette has averaged 37.4 points per game since signing with the club. With those numbers, it certainly doesn't seem far-fetched to think he has a real shot at an NBA contract this spring. So long as he keeps improving, and showing confidence in his game, another opportunity may very well come knocking at his door.