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JIMMER FREDETTE: THE TIM TEBOW OF THE NBA?

I am about to watch the NBA draft and one of the huge stories is whether/when the star shooter of the Brigham Young University Cougars, Jimmer Fredette will be a) drafted in the NBA and if so b) will he be a success in the league.

I thought about this issue:  Fredette is a great shooter but can be play defense in the NBA?  Or will he be an expensive project.  For many of the same reasons Tim Tebow will be a star in the NFL (provided they play!);  Great drive, determination and exemplary character.  I am not alone in feeling this:

But the idea that Jimmer Fredette will be a bust is silly. He can create and shoot. He’s tough. He’s a gamer. His positives outweigh his negatives. And the franchise that recognizes that Thursday will benefit from it for years.

There is at least one dissenting opinion:

I’m not sure there’s truly a guy in the NBA that Fredette can guard, but obviously that won’t be why he gets on the court. However, if he’s a complete liability — as he was on that end of the court in college — he won’t get playing time.

However, I agree with this assessment I found when I was researching this topic:  Fredette is the NBA’s Tebow!  I also found this blog entry that touches on a subject I am not interested in: race in the NBA.  But there are many traits both athletes have in common:  drive, determination, some talent, and exemplary character.  There is even a story suggesting Fredette may end up in Denver but more likely in Utah or NY Knicks (Fredette is from upstate NY).  (There was a trade but it did not involve any of those teams.)  My favorite Fredette story is this one.  Very balanced.

UPDATE:  Utah did not select Fredette with their third pick.  Their next chance is 12.  The Knicks are at 17.   I am also interested in Butler’s Shelvin Mack and any player from VCU.

SECOND UPDATE:  Fredette went in top TEN of draft – the tenth pick of the Milwaukee Bucks but he was may be traded to Sacramento.

FINAL UPDATE:  Shelvin Mack from Butler was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round but not before Justin Harper from Richmond (That’s right the University of Richmond) was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and then traded (this is about a 70 degree difference in wintertime!) to Orlando Magic.  No VCU player was drafted.

 

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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