Will Jimmer Fredette Have Another Opportunity in the NBA?

Jimmer Fredette drove to the basket on Monday night in the Westchester Knicks' victory in the N.B.A. Development League. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Jimmer Fredette has been stellar in the NBA D-League averaging 22.6 points and 4.8 assists per game with the Westchester Knicks. Fredette added to his tremendous D-League season by scoring 35 points and earning MVP in the D-League All-Star game.

Fredette had stints with little impact with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs. Fredette has been constantly trying to find his niche in the league since being drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Fredette is hoping that his current play will earn him another NBA opportunity. “You’re always hopeful,” Fredette said. “Everybody in this league, that’s what their dream is. They want to get back or into the NBA, or further their career. That’s what this league is for, and I’m no different.”

Fredette knows he has the work ethic that is needed to succeed in the NBA and will continue to work on all aspects of his game to prove he can play at the highest professional level again. “I’m going to work every single day to go and try to make it back into the NBA. That’s everybody’s goal, so you just go out there and play every single time. Don’t let your mental state get down. You’ve just got to keep pushing and know that you can play.”

Other NBA players with D-League stints in their careers have stated how this helped them mentally and physically craft their game. Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks stated, “I was only there for a few games, but I know they helped me. I needed to play.” Other former D-League players who now have earned NBA opportunities are Chris Anderson, Hassan Whiteside and Seth Curry.

Fredette should earn another opportunity in the NBA, but patience is key. As Fredette keeps taking care of business, he is hopeful his agent will get an NBA phone call in the near future.

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