By: Jay Yeomans
Published: November 25, 2019
Jimmer Fredette put on a masterful shooting display as Panathinaikos absolutely crushed Iraklis, 130-81, on Tuesday.
The former BYU standout finished with a game-high 24 points on 80 percent shooting from the floor, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He added four assists and a rebound in 21:59 on the floor.
Fredette got going early, connecting on all five of his first-quarter shots, including four triples as the Greens raced out to a 21-point lead after one.
He added eight points early in the third on a pair of threes and a shot from inside the arc as Panathinaikos continued the assault on the completely undermanned Iraklis squad.
While no other starters scored in double figures for the Greens, five players did from a bench unit that combined to scored 82 points.
Leading the way for the second unit was Jacob Wiley who recorded 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor while Deshaun Thomas managed 16 points on a 4-for-5 shooting night from beyond the arc.
Ian Vougioukas added 16 points of his own while Nikos Pappas chipped in with 12 points, 10 assists and a pair of steals.
Former Utah Jazz second-round pick, Olivier Hanlan, paced Iraklis in scoring with 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from deep.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 18.3 points a night on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor, 74.3 percent from distance and 88 percent from the charity stripe. He also chips in with 3.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 20:46.
Thoughts on the game
As you can clearly gather, Jimmer was on fire and there was really nothing that nobody could do to stop him. It was really the kind of night where he could’ve shattered league scoring records if he were given the minutes to do so.
Inside the numbers
Before we get to Jimmer, Panathinaikos shot the ball ridiculously well as a team. The Greens connected on 64.4 percent of their shots from the field, 61.8 percent from 3-point range and 83.3 percent of their free-throws.
As for Fredette, the 24 points ties his season-best in scoring as do the six makes from beyond the arc. And to think that he did it on just 10 field-goal attempts and two foul shots is just amazing.
What’s even more amazing is that his two misses from 3-point land ties the most he has had in a Greek League game. That’s right! He has six games with at least three made threes, but never missed more than two through his first seven games.
Fredette and Panathinaikos jump back into EuroLeague action on Thanksgiving with a tough matchup against Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Baskonia is just one game behind Panathinaikos with a 5-5 record through 10 games. While they don’t have a ton of familiar faces former NBA players Tornike Shengelia and Nik Stauskas both play key roles for the strong Spanish team.
Shengelia is the go-to guy on the offensive end of the floor, averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Stauskas, who is in his first season in Europe, is averaging 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.