It has been quite a rollercoaster ride when it comes to minutes and opportunities for Jimmer Fredette in his first year with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans are 27-26 at the all-star break and trying to fight to get back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference. They have struggled with injuries, getting the right rotations and putting points on the board during the first half. As part of finding the right rotation to win games, coach Monty Williams has been all over the place with Fredette when it comes to consistent playing time.
So far this season, he is averaging four points on 39.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 19 percent from the 3-point line and 94.1 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 1.2 assists and .8 rebounds in 10.9 minutes a game. That gives him per 36 minute averages of 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and one steal. But that doesn’t tell the whole story since his minutes are all over the place.
Fredette has played in 38 of the 53 games for New Orleans (15 DNP-coaches decision), including 21 games of 10 minutes or more and just five games where he has seen more than 20 minutes of action. It is during the times that he gets the most minutes that he is the most efficient. In fact, in the five games where he has played more than 20 minutes, he is averaging 11.2 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor, including 68.2 percent from 2-point range, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free-throw line. He also gets 2.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds.
When those numbers are adjusted to a 36 minute average they are 18.33 points on 54 percent shooting with 4.58 assists and 2.62 rebounds.
It is also important to note that when he has played more than 20 minutes in a game, the Pelicans are a +44 when he is on the floor (+8.8 per game).
Here are his five most productive games so far this season.
5. December 30, 2014. In a 110-106 win over the Phoenix Suns, Fredette played 21:06 and had nine points on 3-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-2 from distance and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. He added four assists and a rebound with no turnovers and was a +12 while on the floor. He also had true shooting percentage of 54.1 and an offensive rating of 142.
4. February 11, 2015. In a 106-93 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he played 18:50 and finished with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-1 from 3-point land and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, one rebound and a steal with two turnovers and was a +12 while on the floor. He also had a true shooting percentage of 60.5 and an assist percentage of 53.5.
3. February 2, 2015. In a 115-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks, he played 20:35 and totaled 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from 3-point land and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steals with three turnovers and was a +11 while on the floor. He also had a true shooting percentage of 72.7 and was tied for the best defensive rating on the team with Omer Asik at 107.
2. December 31, 2014. In a 95-93 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he played 24:08 and scored a season-high 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 2-for-3 from distance and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds, had two turnovers and was a +6 while on the floor. He also had a true shooting percentage of 78.8 (the best on any player on either team) and an offensive rating of 122.
1. January 16, 2015. In a 96-81 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, he played 23:16 and finished with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 0-for-1 from beyond the arc and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added five assists and two rebounds with two turnovers and was a +8 while on the floor. He also had a true shooting percentage of 69.7, an assist percentage of 55.2 and an offensive rating of 130.
Key for advanced statistical information
Offensive rating: An estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
Defensive rating: An estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
True shooting percentage: Shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point shots, 3-point shots and free-throws.
Assist percentage: An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted on while he was on the floor.
All statistical information, including advanced stats and definitions from Basketball-reference.com.