Utah Jazz Should Help Free Jimmer Fredette

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COMMENTARY | Two years ago Jimmer Fredette led Brigham Young University to a 32-5 record, earned almost every national player of the year honor, and became the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

His career was as bright as his fiancee's engagement ring.

Now, he's third string for one of the worst teams in basketball. Last season, he spent an average of 34 minutes per game warming a padded folding chair.

It's still unclear as to why, but apparently the Sacramento Kings aren't too fond of Fredette.

Coincidentally, the Utah Jazz are in need of a point guard.

Is it time to bring Jimmermania back to the Beehive State? Would it be worth it?

Yes and yes.

Fredette about the big guys

Utah's leading scorers, Al Jefferson (17.8 PPG) and Paul Millsap (14.6), will likely leave via free agency or sign-and-trade this summer.

Why not replace them with the guy Kevin Durant once described as "the best scorer in world"?

In his sophomore year with the Kings, Jimmer averaged just 7.2 points per contest -- a huge decrease from the 28.9 he collected during his senior season at BYU -- but his per-48 minute numbers suggest that he's still got it. In fact, if Fredette played the entire game, he would score 24.5 points per outing, according to ESPN.

And that's not all.

Bombs away

Jimmer would also sink 3.2 3s -- something Utah definitely needs more of.

Last year, the Jazz struggled big-time from 3-point land. Though they ended the season with a solid 36.6 shooting percentage, they hit just 6.2 triples per contest, which tied them for 23rd among the 30 teams.

In the Jazz's final game of the year, when they were battling for the opportunity to play postseason basketball, the guys in navy and gold shot 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) from downtown.

Fredette's 41.7 3P%, not to mention his ability to nail those five-feet-behind-the-arcers, could help Utah run a much more balanced offense in 2013-14.

And-1

Utah's "Core Four" -- Enes Kanter (C), Derrick Favors (PF), Gordon Hayward (SF), and Alec Burks (SG) -- look like they're ready to take over.

Question is, who will run the show?

Lucky No. 7 wouldn't be a bad option.

Jimmer may be famous for his sweet stroke, but that doesn't mean he can't distribute the ball and facilitate an offense. During his last two years at the Y, Fredette dished out 4.7 and 4.3 assists per game, respectively.

Also, as a King this season, Jimmer (when he was given the chance) did an excellent job of pushing the tempo, as seen here. I don't know about you, but I could definitely get used to hearing Matt Harping and Craig Bolerjack call Fredette-to-Favors alley-oops.

Core Five > Core Four.

Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.

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