Jimmer Fredette took over college basketball during his senior year at BYU during the 2010-2011 season. Earning pretty much every major individual award as a result, he averaged 28.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35.8 minutes per game.
He lived behind the arc, knocking down 124-of-313 three-pointers (39.6 percent) and was then selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Sacramento Kings, where he spent two-and-a-half seasons.
He then spent a short amount of time with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks before completely leaving his NBA dreams behind due to a lack of opportunity. For his career, he averaged 6.0 points in 13.4 minutes per game in just 235 contests.
Trae Young had a Jimmer-like effect on the college game in his freshman season at the University of Oklahoma this past season. Averaging 27.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists, he became the first player in the history of D-I basketball to lead the nation in both points and assists per game.
Like Fredette, Young lived behind the arc, knocking down 118-of-328 three-point shots (36.0 percent). He was then taken fifth overall in the 2018 Draft and ended up with the Atlanta Hawks after being traded by the Dallas Mavericks.
But, how will Young avoid having an NBA career as disappointing as Fredette's? Even though Jimmer went overseas and made a name for himself in China, the NBA is clearly the premier basketball league across the globe.
All about opportunity
“He definitely reminded me of myself because of how he played and the phenomenon that he became,” Fredette told Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports. “He’s such a hard worker and he can really shoot the ball and pass the ball. Watching him play was really fun.”
Overall, it’s clear that Fredette wishes he could turn back the clock.
“I wish I could have handled things a little better and played a little better when I got in there, and there’s really no one else to blame for that except for myself,” Fredette said. “At the same time, a lot of it is trying to find the right situation as well. I’m not sure I ever had that.”
Even though his NBA career didn’t pan out, he thinks that Young can be successful as a pro based on the immediate opportunity he will receive.
“The NBA is about being the right fit at the right time with a coaching staff and players that believe in you and your skill set.” Fredette said. “He’ll have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes right away for that Atlanta team, which is going to help him. He’s going to go through some growing pains as well, but he’s also going to have an opportunity to work through it and to do what he does. He has their full support. He has a great opportunity to succeed.”
Fredette only saw minutes in the mid-teens during his rookie season and never received the opportunity to play 30-plus minutes in a starting role for a prolonged time at any point of his career.
Young will presumably get that opportunity right away.
Only time will tell if Fredette’s prediction about Young will turn out to be true.News Now - Sport News