By: Jay Yeomans
Published: March 23, 2019
It has been three years and 22 days since BYU legend, Jimmer Fredette scored four points – all on free throws – in 3:13 seconds in his final performance in a New York Knicks jersey.
Plenty has changed in those three years. The NBA is a more wide open, fast-paced game that relies on the 3-point shot more than ever.
Jimmer has changed too. He is no longer the player who needs the ball in his hands to find success. He used his time in China to develop his offensive game into something more than it already was. Yes, he is still an elite scorer who can bring the ball down the floor and drain ridiculously long jumpers, but he has also developed into a remarkable spot up shooter.
Since the start of his journey with the Phoenix Suns is just hours away, it is the perfect time to look back and revisit his best performances from his first stint in the NBA.
Fredette played 235 games during his time with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and the Knicks. In those games, he saw more than 10 minutes of court time 149 times and scored in double figures 58 times.
While things didn’t pan out the way many had hoped, Fredette did have some really impressive games along the way, including some terrific outings where he proved that he could score against the toughest teams in the most difficult environments.
Here is a look at the best-of-the-best of those games.
15. April 2, 2012 vs. Minnesota
Fredette had a very productive night off the bench in an eight-point win over the T-Wolves, totaling 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field, 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line in 25:25 on the floor.
14. January 25, 2012 vs. Denver
Fredette caught fire from the outside against the Nuggets as he buried 5 of 8 shots from 3-point land on his way to a team-high 19 points. He also chipped in with three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 36:29.
13. January 3, 2012 vs. Memphis
Despite coming off the bench, Fredette carried the offensive load for the Kings, finishing with a team-high 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point land. He added three boards, an assist and a steal in 29:03.
12. January 16, 2015 vs. Philadelphia
Fredette’s best game with the Pelicans came on the road in a loss to the 76ers when he recorded 13 points off the bench on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 at the foul line. He added five assists and two boards and was a +11 in 23:16 on the court.
11. December 11, 2013 vs. Utah
Fredette had a terrific shooting night against the Jazz, registering 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, while making his only triple and all four of his free throws in 11:38 of work.
10. February 12, 2012 vs. Minnesota
Fredette carried the second unit in a tough loss to the Timberwolves, finishing with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from distance. He also recorded three boards, three assists and a pair of steals, and was a +12 in 17:04 on the floor.
9. April 14, 2014 vs. Orlando
In his only significant minutes with the Bulls, Fredette registered 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 30:35 on the court.
8. January 2, 2014 vs. Philadelphia
Fredette was the spark that the Kings needed on the offensive end, registering 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and a block in 16:39 on the court.
7. January 14, 2013 vs. Cleveland
Fredette provided some serious offensive punch off of the bench, totaling 16 points on the strength of 3-for-4 shooting from deep and 3-for-3 at the charity stripe in just 13:38 of work as the Kings managed a 124-118 win over the Cavaliers.
6. March 10, 2013 vs. Milwaukee
Fredette’s offensive rating was off the charts coming off the bench in a 115-113 loss to the Bucks. The Cougar legend finished the night with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field, 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 from the foul line in just 9:11 on the floor.
5. February 3, 2014 vs. Chicago
Fredette had the most efficient night of his NBA career, finishing with 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the floor while making his only attempt from distance. He added four assists, two steals and a rebound in 10:56 on the court.
4. January 21, 2012 vs. Memphis
Fredette registered the first 20-point game of his career on the strength of 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He also chipped in with five assists, three boards and a steal in 32:58 of work.
3. December 17, 2012 vs. Phoenix
Fredette had a fantastic shooting night coming off the bench as he set a new career-high in scoring in an 11-point loss to the Suns. He finished with a game-high 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. He also did some work on the backboards, gathering three offensive rebounds in 22:21 on the floor.
2. November 11, 2012 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
If you are looking for a game to prove how explosive a scorer Fredette can be, this is it. The former BYU guard went bonkers off the bench, recording a team-best 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-5 from distance and knocking down his only free throw in just 10:45 on the court.
1. February 12, 2014 vs. New York Knicks
While the crazy scoring night against the Lakers is tough to top, going off in the Garden to bring the Kings back has to take the top spot. In the come-from-behind win, Fredette finished with a career-high 24 points while knocking down 9 of 14 shots, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.
The Basketball TC YouTube channel shared highlights of the amazing outing.