The Sacramento Kings will try to make the most of their seventh spot in the NBA Draft, and one name seems to be popping up more and more as Draft Day looms. BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is drawing the raves, and proving he can be more than just a scorer in his workout with the Kings last Thursday. Dick Harmon of the Deseret News has more on the story.
"Jimmer played well. Of course he shot well, though not spectacularly — for him," said Andrus. "He passed very well in the 3-on-3, dominating without shooting a lot. He also looked good, and I would guess quicker than the Kings' braintrust might have expected, on defense. Offensively, he had some moves that had Jerry Reynolds, Pete Carril, and the whole row of Kings brass laughing and shaking their heads at how good he was. At one point he probably hit 15 20-foot pull-up jumpers in a row.
"It was actually comical to see how much (co-owner) Gavin Maloof seemed to be enthralled with Jimmer. While Tyler Honeycutt's athleticism was impressive, both Maloof and Petrie went directly up to Jimmer afterwards and spent a considerable amount of time with him. I didn't see them even speak to the other five players."
There's a lot to consider here. Cereberal basketball players don't come along often, and if this description is any consideration, Fredette seems plenty close to fitting that category. This could be a point in his favor for the Kings to draft him with their lottery pick.
But if Fredette comes to Sacramento, how does it solve the problems of the Kings? At the moment, Sacramento does not need great shooting guard play. He would have to back up Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and/or Francisco Garcia, meaning drafting Jimmer would have to entail the departure of someone else. So unless the roster changes, the Kings might not be able to fit enough minutes for this pick into the lineup for awhile.
If the Kings draft Jimmer Fredette, which of their guards should they trade away and why? Of Evans, Thornton, Garcia, who would be the one you'd want to deal first? Let us know in the comments what the Kings should do!