Former Sacramento Kings first-round pick, Jimmer Fredette is looking to make his way back into the NBA after winning the International MVP in the Chinese Basketball Association. It was announced Tuesday that he was winning the accolade after an insane season in which he averaged 37.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for the Shanghai Sharks. The Sharks were recently knocked out of the playoffs, and now he will be able to get on the phones with NBA teams for a potential return.
Sources: China MVP, Jimmer Fredette, playing for Shanghai in playoffs, starting to engage NBA teams on March return. He’s scored 37.5 PPG.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 1, 2017
Fredette made a name for himself during his college days at Brigham Young University where he showcased incredible range, no conscience, and an ability to score from all facets. After his senior season, he was drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, and his rights were immediately traded to Sacramento where “Jimmer Mania” began. Sales of his jersey resulted in a 540 percent increase in Sacramento Kings merchandise sales, as his Kings jersey sold out in stores in the Sacramento area, as well as online. He spent four seasons in Sacramento before the team bought out his contract in February of 2014. Fredette had played for the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, and New York Knicks before deciding to play in China this season.
He seemed to return to some of his confident play, including a ridiculous 73-point game in a game on February 19th:
— Spencer Linton (@Spencer_Linton) February 20, 2017
It will be intriguing to see if NBA front-offices change their opinion on Fredette after his astonishing season, as he struggled to ever carve out a true niche in the NBA. Some teams fighting for lottery position may take a flier to see if he is worth extending a further contract to. If a playoff team thinks he could be a real threat to come off the bench and score, then its possible he signs with a playoff contender for the remainder of the season on a cheap contract.