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08:08 AM ET 06.21 | A Monday report has the Knicks targeting New York native Jimmer Fredette, but some believe the former BYU star may not even be an NBA player. [Getting] past New Mexico's Dairese Gary, arguably the top perimeter defender in the Mountain West, just isn't quite the same as having to try and circumvent Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook or Rajon Rondo. I mean, The Jimmer struggled against Florida's Kenny Boynton -- a future overseas player -- in the NCAA tournament. According to nearly everyone I spoke to in attendance in Las Vegas last July, Fredette was eaten up a year ago when he was part of a select group of college players chosen to help prepare the NBA guys for the world championships. The NBA is a long way from Provo and the Mountain West.

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June 21, 2011  08:21 AM ET

He needs to add more to his game. Other than being a good shooter; as a PG, his skills are limited. In the NBA, you need to be able to do more than just shoot, at least at the PG position anyway.

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June 21, 2011  08:31 AM ET

draft him, then try him out in the summer league... if there is one this year..

i suspect someone is trying to drive donwn his value so they can scoop him up.

June 21, 2011  08:36 AM ET
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Jimmer should be drafted to a team that already has an established pg, that just needs a guy to comr in and shoot....I actually think he'd be perfect in boston where he'd have help defensively

I agreee. He seems to me, like he's going to be another JJ Reddick.

June 21, 2011  08:39 AM ET

This guy is going to flop and flop HARD!

Too much hype and not enough talent to deal with the pressure that has been building

June 21, 2011  08:49 AM ET

He can't be any worse than Rubio.

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June 21, 2011  08:52 AM ET
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I don't understand the concerted effort to impugn this guy's ability. It never ceases to amaze me how some players draw the ire of certain writers and/or league insiders. It???s like the official decision has been passed down from on high to finish this kid before he even begins.

Like Rubio?

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June 21, 2011  09:26 AM ET

Volume shooters in the NBA are a dime a dozen. The ones that can create their own shot are the ones worth pursuing.

I just didn't see that in Jimmer. I may be wrong... but it is what it is.

June 21, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Don't know why so much hata-raid on this young-in - This kid plays ballz out and would be instant offense off the bench - Let's get real - What team doesn't need a player like that to get the team motivated.

June 21, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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I agreee. He seems to me, like he's going to be another JJ Reddick.

not anymore...reddick 2.0 has reinvented himself, he's a better defender than most of (if not all)Orlando's swingmen....

June 21, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Can you run with the big dogs, Bro?

June 21, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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This guy is going to flop and flop HARD!Too much hype and not enough talent to deal with the pressure that has been building

And this assessment is based on what exactly? Your personal scouting observations? Or the opinion of others you got off the internet? I too have an opinion--that he can play at a high level in the NBA. This is based solely on what I saw on TV, primarily in this year's tournament. I saw Fredette have quite a bit of success against a variety of defenses and bear in mind that he was BYU's whole offense most games. Every defense was geared toward shutting him down and every possession the scoring burden fell mostly to him. He won't get that level of defensive attention in the NBA so I see him able to match up well. And how many exsting NBA guards match up against Derrick Rose? I suggest we give Knicks scouting reports the level of credibiliy they deserve. this kid will go in the mid to late first round which general projects as a regular rotation player, which I believe he will be.

June 21, 2011  09:45 AM ET

i'm not ready to bet against the guy. jimmer has been working towards this since he was a child. i think he will find his niche and do well in the league.

June 21, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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I don't understand the concerted effort to impugn this guy's ability. It never ceases to amaze me how some players draw the ire of certain writers and/or league insiders. It???s like the official decision has been passed down from on high to finish this kid before he even begins.

Did John Starks even play college ball?

June 21, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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Did John Starks even play college ball?

Paper or plastic sir?

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June 21, 2011  10:07 AM ET

he'll choke on the offensive end or get elbowed lol

 
June 21, 2011  10:08 AM ET
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Jimmer should be drafted to a team that already has an established pg, that just needs a guy to comr in and shoot....I actually think he'd be perfect in boston where he'd have help defensively

I am a Sixers fan, and this draft is going to be a frustrating one for us fans, we have a big opportunity to build a high caliber team for the future in this draft, but I just don't see it happening. I think the Sixers could use someone like Jimmer for his offensive skills. Hopefully after a few years, he will get stronger and learn to play defense as well. Sixers have Lou and Jrue, but I think they could use a third backup in case of emergency. I think the sixers are looking at the Morris twins in the draft, but really who they should look at is Kyle Singler, he is a very versatile and quick player that could benefit us especially if we get rid of Iguodala. Look for big men in the second round and post draft. There will be plenty there. I think that 2 players that won't get drafted that could benefit us are Matt Howard and Charles Okwandu. Just my .02 on this.

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