Jimmer Fredette ready for NBA return after D-League success
Jimmer Fredette believes he has done enough in the D-League to put the NBA on notice that he’s worthy of a roster spot in the league.
The former BYU star — whose NBA career flamed out after stints with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans (who released him after he appeared in four games this season) — told the New York Post he’s ready to stage a comeback after a brief respite and earning MVP honors at the D-League All-Star Game Saturday (35 points, eight assists and six rebounds).
“I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,’’ Fredette said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.’’
Currently playing for the Westchester Knicks, the New York NBA team’s D-League affiliate, Fredette is averaging averaging 22.6 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field, including 42-percent from 3-point range, in 28 games.
And with the trade deadline fast approaching, Fredette feels his D-League purgatory could be over soon.
Fredette’s agent of course has been in contact with not only the Knicks but other teams as well. What makes the Knicks an interesting fit — above and beyond Fredette playing for their D-League team — is that the team has an open roster spot and a need at the point guard position.
“You never know what could happen – whether it’s the Knicks or another team,’’ he said. “I’m hopeful there is a team that will arise, but I’m not positive who that will be. My agent talks to teams every day and at the All-Star break, but you never know how serious those conversations are. Maybe the Knicks will be that opportunity or some other team. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days.’’