Jimmer Fredette hasn’t done much in the NBA during the 2015-2016 season, but he’ll be a part of All-Star Weekend in Toronto. On the day before the NBA All-Star Game is set to get underway, the guard will be a part of the D-League All-Star Game.
Fredette has made the most of his time in the D-League, standing out as the best player on the Westchester Knicks. Leading the team to a 17-12 record, Fredette has put up numbers similar to the ones that made him a star in college. The former BYU standout and No.10 overall draft pick is averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
After struggling to get much playing time in his first four NBA seasons, Fredette barely saw the court this year, playing just four games with the New Orleans Pelicans before being released. But he’s making the case to get another chance in the NBA, showing off the incredible shooting ability that made him a lottery selection. Fredette is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range and 91.8 percent from the free throw line.
Fredette is one of 16 players in the game that are under an NBA contract or have played in the NBA before. He’ll team with Jordan Mickey, among others, who was a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft and is in the middle of a four-year deal with the team. Mickey is averaging 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
While Fredette and Mickey will represent the Eastern Conference, the league’s leading scorer, Elliot Williams, leads the Western Conference team. Williams was the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and he played five games with the Memphis Grizzlies this season. He’s averaging 28.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.
The D-League All-Star Game was first played in 2007, and it’s featured players that have gone on to have successful NBA careers. Gerald Green was the game’s MVP in 2012, and he’s gone on to be a consistent double-digit scorer in the NBA. Robert Covington won the MVP award two years ago, and he’s averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Philadelphia 76ers.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see Fredette get a shot with the New York Knicks eventually. The team is lacking in quality guards, and Fredette had his moments in the NBA, shooting 38 percent from three-point range.