New Suns guard Jimmer Fredette’s basketball career: By the numbers
The Phoenix Suns hopped in the nostalgia machine on Thursday, signing guard Jimmer Fredette through the rest of the season with a team option for the following year.
Fredette, 30, has not played in the NBA in over three years.
While he’s been out of the national circle for quite a while, he left lasting memories with his time playing in college and in the pros and still has quite the fanbase attached to him.
Here’s a look at his basketball career, by the numbers:
Fredette’s “I’m here” arrival moment in the national spotlight came in a non-conference game against the Arizona Wildcats in December 2019.
As a senior, Fredette averaged 28.5 points per game for BYU, the top mark in the country. He was the unanimous nation’s player of the year and a consensus first-team All-American.
Fredette’s career-high at BYU was 52 points, a number he dropped against New Mexico in the conference tournament.
Fredette was selected No. 10 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft. That’s one spot before All-Star guard Kemba Walker and one after All-Star guard Klay Thompson. Ouch.
The career-high scoring mark for Fredette in the NBA is 24. He dropped that in February of 2014, his fourth season with the Kings. He was bought out a little over two weeks later.
Despite his extreme proficiency as a 3-point shooter at the NCAA level, Fredette was never at that mark in the NBA. In his 235 career NBA games, Fredette’s 3-point percentage is an above average 38.1 percent. At the college level, Fredette’s percentage was 39.4 on over five attempts a game.
During his three-year run in China, Fredette scored 73 points in a triple overtime loss in February of 2017. Fredette was the MVP of the CBA that season.
Per 36 minutes in the NBA, Fredette averaged 3.7 assists per game, a below average mark for an NBA point guard.
Fredette’s biggest problem in the NBA was efficiency. He has shot a poor 41.2 percent from the field in the NBA.