Playing for his Shanghai Sharks, Fredette notched the fourth-highest single-game total in the history of the Chinese Basketball Association. In a 135-132, double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, he hit 25 of 49 shots, plus 13 of 13 free throws, adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The only players who have ever scored more in the CBA (per ESPN) are Errick McCollum (82), Quincy Douby (75) and Bobby Brown (74).
Fredette, who signed with Shanghai in August, spent much of the CBA season leading the league in scoring and is now third (per realgm.com), averaging 36.3 points, just behind McCollum (the older brother of Blazers star C.J. McCollum) and another former NBA player, MarShon Brooks. Along the way, Fredette has helped the Sharks go from one of the CBA’s worst teams to a title contender, and fans there have responded with adulation.
Fredette is getting serenaded with a chant of “Jimo! Jimo!” which is not just a play on his name but translates to something like “loneliness master” or “loneliness god.” It’s a compliment meant to convey that he is so good, there’s no one else at his level.
“Obviously, it’s a huge honor that I can hold on to,” Fredette said of his nickname to The Vertical in January. “Now I love it.”
After washing out with the Kings, who drafted him, Fredette played for the Bulls, Pelicans and Knicks, as well as for the latter team’s D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. He still thinks he can he can play in the NBA, but his success in China has made him consider staying in a place where he has become a mega-star.
“Obviously, I’m from the USA and the NBA is the greatest league in the world, and if I have the opportunity to play in the NBA that’s where I would love to play,” Fredette told The Vertical. “But China is a great opportunity. The fans have been great to me, more than I can imagine, especially in such a short amount of time. It’s a good league over there, and there are some changes coming, good changes for the league, and I think there’s an amazing opportunity to make a great living, to make a lot of money.”