Jimmer Fredette has been called up by the New York Knicks from their D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, according to a report from ESPN’s Ian Begley.
The Knicks plan to sign Jimmer Fredette with their open roster spot, league sources tell ESPN. Story coming.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 19, 2016
The 26-year old was picked up by the Westchester Knicks in the D-League draft last year, but was then signed by the New Orleans Pelicans. He played four games, compiling just 13 minutes of game time, before the Knicks picked up the former BYU star again and assigned him to Westchester.
Fredette thrived in his latest D-League stint, though still showing the same defensive struggles that have plagued him throughout his career. Offensively, though, Fredette excelled, averaging 22.3 points per game, good for fourth in the league, and went on to secure the D-League All-Star Game MVP trophy last weekend by dropping a record 35 points.
The Knicks are currently 23-32 and boast a strong frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, and Kristaps Porzingis. The move to bring in Fredette stems from the inconsistent play of the Knicks’ backcourt. Arron Afflalo currently leads the group, but, like fellow New York guards Jose Calderon, Lance Thomas and Jerian Grant, he has battled slumps throughout the year, though Afflalo has been playing better as of the past five games.
This call-up is the latest turn in what has been a disappointing pro career for the former No. 10 overall draft pick. Fredette’s defensive handicap makes him a tough play for head coaches, especially in a league boasting many athletic guards. Fredette’s shooting, namely his corner trey skills, will come in handy in the Knicks current system, but the drives and pull-up shots he was able to get away with in the D-League tend to disappear in the NBA. Unless Fredette has a breakout performance a la Jeremy Lin in his New York stint, the sharpshooter seems to be stuck in a purgatory of sorts — he’s among the best the D-League has to offer production-wise but has yet to prove consistently that he belongs in the NBA long-term.
Through 223 NBA games, Fredette carries career averages of 6.0 points and 1.4 assists and carries and PER of 12.5.