With the Phoenix Suns missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season, it is needless to say that the team needs help finding that spark that would help them push for the playoffs. After revamping their roster with new and young talent, with players including center DeAndre Ayton, shooting guard/small forward Mikal Bridges, small forward Kelly Oubre Jr and point/shooting guard Tyler Johnson, the organization still needed that one piece to make this a really good team. I believe that they found this piece when they signed point/shooting guard Jimmer Fredette to the team.
Let’s give a summary on how Fredette got to where he is in the NBA. At a young age in the early to late 2000s, he went to Glens Falls High School, where he was ranked as the 45th best shooting guard in the nation, helping him commit to the Brigham Young University Cougars in 2007. In 2011, Fredette was named player of the year in his senior year after leading all players in Division I in scoring. In the same year, Fredette committed to the NBA, as he was the tenth overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks, before he was traded to the Sacramento Kings. After being limited to certain minutes and not performing well, he bounced to several teams in five seasons, including the New York Knick , and the New Orleans Pelicans, before being sent down to the developmental league. In 2016, Fredette signed a deal with the Shanghai Sharks, where he put an astounding 37.6 points per game, resulting in him being named MVP of the Chinese CBA League. In 2019, Fredette came back into the NBA after being signed by the Phoenix Suns.
Now the lingering question: how will Fredette fit into the organization?
With the high-paced offense that both the Suns and the Sharks run, there is no question that Fredette will have no problem fitting in here. Known for his offensive talent, look for Fredette and All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker to be matched up together in certain schemes in the next upcoming seasons, as this will cause problems for teams who will have to cover both players on the floor.
In the upcoming season, look for Fredette to be firing on all cylinders, as he has the experience to lead the young Suns team and shoot the ball well when given the space to do so. When he is on the floor, look for Suns head coach Igor Kokoško to run plays for Fredette both on and off the ball so he can get the best looks possible to help his team in any way possible.
However, I do have a couple of concerns because Fredette has came back into the league when he did. The first concern is age. At 29, he is starting to come to the end of his prime, making him vulnerable to not doing well in the NBA. The second concern is how the NBA has changed since Fredette joined the league. When he joined the league, there were more teams that would shooting the mid range and use the three point line when they needed to. In 2019, the game has a whole new style. The main focus: the three pointer. If Fredette can adapt to the way that the NBA plays now, I would expect him to be a significant contributor to this Suns team. If not, he may not make it far on the team.