By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 26, 2019
Jimmer Fredette had another remarkable performance, this time in limited action, as Panathinaikos overcame as a sluggish start to knock off Aris, 108-86.
The Former BYU guard finished with a team-high 21 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point land and 9-for-10 from the foul line. He added four assists and a pair of rebounds in just 14:23 on work.
On what looked like it was going to be a light day for Fredette, he was the catalyst in turning a rough start for Panathinaikos into another sizeable win. He jumpstarted the Greens’ offense once he came on the floor late in the first quarter and quickly righted the ship. He stretched the floor with another phenomenal outside shooting performance and then took advantage of the lanes he created to get to the rin and draw fouls in one of the most efficient scoring nights you will ever see.
Fredette did all his scoring in the middle two quarters as Panathinaikos turned a tie game into a 19-point lead.
Wesley Johnson and Rion Brown also played important roles for Panathinaikos in the win. Johnson registered 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field (3-for-5 from beyond the arc) to go along with five helpers and three rebounds while Brown totaled 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field.
Martynas Gecevicius carried the scoring load for Aris with 23 points on the strength of a 7-for-11 shooting night from 3-point range while Gary Talton added 18 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.
Through five games in the Greek League, Fredette is averaging 18.4 points on 62.2 percent shooting from the field, 73.9 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent at the foul line. He also chips in with 3.4 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 20:57 a night.
Thoughts on the game
After seeing Jimmer play for all of these years, it is really difficult for him to do something that surprises me, but today’s performance even had me shaking my head. The general rule is that a shooter has a good game when he averages a little over a point per shot. With that in mind, think about what he did today – 21 points on just five field-goal attempts. That is just plain crazy! And then factor in that he did all of that damage while playing just 14:23. That’s eye-popping stuff right there.
Inside the numbers
Fredette’s numbers in Greek League to this point are almost silly. He is averaging just under a point a minute while shooting 73.9 percent from three. That’s 17-for-23 from distance in five games. If you look a little deeper he is putting up 18.4 points while averaging just 9.0 field-goal attempts. That’s 2.04 points per shot and an effective field goal percentage of 81.1 percent. His true shooting percentage is even better sitting at 84.13 percent. For all of the hoops heads out there, you know those numbers are just staggering.
Fredette and Panathinaikos head back to EuroLeague action on Tuesday when they face off with another Russian power in Khimki Moscow Region. Khimki has opened up its EuroLeague slate with three wins in four tries. When you looked at the loaded roster you will know why. Six former NBA players are on the squad including former Utah Jazz players Jonas Jerebko and Jeremy Evans.
While both players play an important part in Khimki’s success, it is Alexey Shved who makes the team go. He is has been one of the elite scorers in Europe since returning from a three-year stint in the NBA, and this season is no different. He is averaging 21.8 points and 6.3 assists in 30:27 a game.