By: Jay Yeomans
Published: January 13, 2019
Note: After nearly two weeks away, while trying to figure out my future writing plans, I have decided that I need to continue to write while I work on what’s next. So for the foreseeable future, I will continue to pump out stories when something noteworthy happens.
Jimmer Fredette had himself a day on Sunday as his Southern All-Star team ran away with a 160-145 win over the Northern All-Stars.
The former BYU guard showed off his remarkable shooting skills in the big win as he set a new All-Star game record as he connected on 11 shots from beyond the arc on his way to a 39-point performance.
All told, Fredette connected on 14 of 24 shots, including 11-for-19 from 3-point land in the epic shooting display, while adding five rebounds and five assists in just 25 minutes of work.
While it was a monumental performance for Fredette, it wasn’t enough to take home game MVP honors. That award went to fellow South guard, Joseph Young, who registered 40 points and six assists in the win.
Through the first 30 games of the expanded CBA season, Fredette is third in the league in scoring, averaging 37.2 points a night on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 41 percent from distance and 95 percent from the foul line. He also chips in with 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and a league-best 3.0 steals in 40 minutes a contest.
Lets take a look inside the numbers to see some of the remarkable things Fredette has done in his third season with the Shanghai Sharks.
- In his 29 games on the floor – Fredette missed a game with illness – he has scored more than 30 points 24 times, including 10 40-point games, three 50-point games and a 75-point masterpiece that was one of the most impressive offensive showings I have ever seen.
- He has grabbed at least five rebounds in 21 games, including a season-high 15 rebounds in a game against Guangzhou and posted two double-doubles
- He has 19 games with at least five assists
Fredette has also done some really nice things on the defensive end of the floor for the shorthanded Sharks.
- He has registered two or more steals in 21 of 29 games, including 12 games with four or more steals.
- During one nine-game stretch, Fredette had four or more steals eight times
Up next for Fredette and the Sharks is a short break before they return to the court for the final 16 games of the regular season. Their first game of the second half comes on January 16 against the Beijing Ducks who are 21-9 and sit in fifth place in the league standings. That is six games ahead of the Sharks who are 15-15 in a season that has been derailed by injuries.