The fact Jimmer Fredette did not play in the Sacramento Kings’ first preseason game raised some eyebrows.
Already at the end of the bench?
We knew former coach Keith Smart wasn’t a Fredette fan, but coach Mike Malone seems to have picked up where Smart left off.
Which means at some point a trade is bound to happen. It’s no secret the Kings have labeled Fredette “expendable,” largely due to his defensive deficiencies.
Oddly enough, the perception persists that NBA teams don’t play defense. Yet it is mainly defense that has held back Fredette. Not every team has a Kevin Durant. How to combat that? Play defense.
Aside from his scoring, there’s another plus to Fredette: his personality. Despite feeling underused in his first two NBA years, I haven’t seen a single rant by him. He has maintained his dignity and optimism throughout. That should get him some credit in the league. Coaches might not love his game, but they have to love his attitude.
It’s true there are plenty of guys with good attitude in the league. But there are plenty without. Fredette’s sincerity and work ethic are enough that he’ll still keep getting looks, Sacramento notwithstanding.
Plus he can still shoot the 3.
That doesn’t mean he’ll go on to be a star like he was in college. But he’s not ticketed for Euro ball just yet.