SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - In the Spring of 2011 Jimmermania was sweeping the globe. Today, all that hype is gone and Jimmer Fredette is struggling to find his way in the NBA.
"Jimmer Fredette will be in Europe in a year or two," one NBA scout tells Sports Illustrated
. "He has no future in the league. None. He can't create his own shot, he has a hard time coming off screens for a shot and he's not a point guard."
"I think it's a scout trying to make a name for himself," former NBA player Andy Toolson said when he read the comment.
Toolson played at BYU in the '80s. Following his time in Provo he spent some time with the Utah Jazz before player professionally in Europe. Toolson says a player's first professional team isn't always the best fit.
"Everybody knows the situation your in makes a big difference," he said. "I don't know that Sacramento was the best place for Jimmer."
As a senior, Jimmer was college basketball's player of the year which is why so many people had high expectations for him at the next level.
"It's definitely different," Toolson said when asked how different the college game is to the NBA. "There's a step up in size, quickness and strength and everything happens faster."
While Toolson thinks Fredette can have a successful NBA career, there are others who think it's a long shot.
"He lacks size and strength," one NBA scout said. "He is possibly the worst defender in the NBA. I can't think of somebody worse."
Things are getting easier for Jimmer in Sacramento. Then again, they never were to begin with.
"A struggling team, they lost their coach a few weeks into the season and it was a lockout-shortened season," said Toolson. "There's a lot of things that contributed to the struggle he had last year."
Jimmer and the Kings open up the regular season on Wednesday at Chicago.