Cleveland got the 1st pick in the lottery.
Minnesota will pick number two.
And the Utah Jazz will get the third pick.
The big question is, “Who’s going to Get Jimmered?”
Credible sources say that Jimmer would prefer going to one of the following teams (in no particular order): the Utah Jazz, the Phoenix Suns, the New York Knicks.
The Knicks selection is an obvious one: it’s in his back yard, although I’m not sure I’d want to play on a team with Carmelo “Give me the ball so I can pad my stats” Anthony.
Playing for the Phoenix Suns would mean that Jimmer would be under the tutelage of the NBA All-Star Steve Nash, who was also predicted to not be much of anything playing against the bigger, faster and stronger guards in the NBA – proof that critics have been wrong before. Could Jimmer be the next Steve Nash?
Finally, the Jazz…We’ve heard rumors that if Jimmer is still available for the 2nd pick of the Jazz (and they get two in the first round), they’ll take him. But if I were the Jazz, Derrick Williams from Arizona would be a no-brainer. It does make you wonder if the name “Williams” would bring bad luck to the Jazz.
Let’s hear what some sports writers say about how they think Jimmer will do in the NBA:
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: Fredette is a legitimate NBA player. He’s not a star. He’s not a franchise changer. He’s not going to justify the college hype. But he’ll score at the NBA level and be a deadly weapon off someone’s bench. I don’t know that he can run a team, but he definitely can change a second unit into a power.
Mark Haubner, The Painted Area: Expectations are key here. Jimmer is not going to be an NBA star, but with his unlimited shooting range, upper-body strength and creativity with the ball, he can become a potent bench scorer in the right situation. Defense remains a significant concern, though.
Patrick Hayes, PistonPowered: He’s not following Stephen Curry on the small-college-star-to-future-All-Star path, but if Fredette becomes more comfortable as a primary ball handler and improves his shot selection, I think he has a future as a very good offensive contributor as a combo guard off the bench. His range will certainly translate to the NBA.
Devin Kharpertian, Nets Are Scorching: Once Jimmer realizes there’s no 4-point shot and doesn’t settle for 32-footers off the dribble, he’ll probably carve out a niche as a player who can carry the load for the second unit on a fringe playoff team. That’s not much, but it’s an upgrade over “doesn’t make the 12-man roster.”
Sebastian Pruiti, NBA Playbook: In the right situation, Fredette can step in and have a solid rookie season. Fredette is a tremendous shooter, and he uses that shooting ability to help get in the lane and work the midrange (although he struggles to finish at the rim). To be a starter-level player, he is going to need to improve his defense and passing.
How do you think Jimmer will do in the NBA?
Where do you think he’ll get placed?