April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) dribbles the ball against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Could Jimmer to the Utah Jazz Work?

Jazz management should want a win-win-win situation next year.  It’s rather simple actually, trade for Jimmer and start the young guys all 82 games next year.  People could say it’s a waste of a season but the next 3 reasons are why doing this next season could be big for the Jazz and its’ future.

1st win- Brings excitement back to the Jazz where the fans would actually love going to games instead of the quiet three and a half quarters followed by the end of games that it doesn’t matter who’s playing, if it’s close it’s entertaining.  Just imagine Jimmer, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter playing 35-40 a night.  Most fans would buy season tickets for this.  Games would sell out, unlike this past year.  Even in the biggest games of the year everybody was quiet.  Fans want to see the young guys and Jimmer would be an added bonus.

2nd win- Experience and to see what these guys can actually do in meaningful minutes every game.  Starting Favors and Kanter would be better than Sap and Al without a question.  Also if you say Jimmer can’t play defense than you must not have watched, MO, Harris and D-Will over the past 8 years.  News flash they don’t play defense either.  The other four guys are excellent defenders and could help make up for Jimmer’s weaknesses.

3rd win- No matter what happens the Jazz win.  Either these guys flop like most feel they would and we get a top pick in the 2014 draft (considered the best draft since Lebron’s draft).  Or the off chance that these guys can actually play and they surprise people and make the playoffs and have a great foundation for the next 10 years.  Either way it makes for one of the funnest seasons the Jazz would ever play.

Dennis Lindsey would probably never do this, but if the Jazz did, this guy and many others would not complain one bit.

Here’s why it makes sense to do this and these five guys might actually surprise the league and critics:

In 40 minutes per game these guys would average (based on this past year’s statistics):

Jimmer: 20.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg

Burks: 15.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.2 apg

Hayward: 19.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4 apg

Favors: 16.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.7 apg

Kanter: 18.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.2 apg


As a team that is 90.6 ppg, 35.6 rpg and 13.9 apg.  Then you add the 8 minutes from the bench and we have one of the highest points per game in the league and that is from guys that have been second or third tier players their whole career so far.  This also assumes that they can play 40 minutes a night at the same level which some guys just can’t do that.

Now on the defensive end their defensive rating are as follows: (Anything under 100 is considered great, 101-104 is league average, 104+ is not good)

Enes Kanter 98.4

Alec Burks 102.2

Derek Favors 102.8

Gordon Hayward 104

Jimmer Fredette 111.7

*Having Al and Mo in the game really hurt the guys in there with them defensively.

We know Favors is better than the rating says, as is Hayward.  Jimmer is that bad though.  As at starting unit that would put the Jazz at 103.8 and would sit them in the 19th out of thirty teams and ahead of the Jazz team this year by .5 pts. (Al and Mo were both in the 107 rating)

If this were to happen it would be exciting and quite the bold move by Lindsey but as I said before it’s a win-win-win situation for the Jazz organization.  Jimmer to the Jazz, I say yes.



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  • fastfox1306

    I wouldn’t mind experimenting with Jimmer for a year or two….regardless he needs to get out of Sac-town. That franchise may be the most dysfunctional franchise in a long time.The question is who would the jazz have to give up for him. sacromento gave up the #5 overall pick (robinson) for nearly nothing, so I would imagine a couple of 2nd rounders would do it?

    • Josh Haslam

      Honestly I would give either of our first rounders to get him. Pick 14 is a stretch obviously from the Jazz, but for the 21st pick Lindsey might do it. I wonder what management actually thinks of Jimmer now. They were high on him coming out of the draft.

  • chad wiggins

    i love it.. fredette can play… theres a reason he has a 20 pt 40 min ave

  • stylesac21

    I’m a Kings fan who’s thought Jimmer to the Jazz was a good idea for awhile- he just has more trade value in that scenario than to any other team. The thing is, I think Jimmer for Burks would be the deal. At first I thought the might have to package a 2nd round pick to make that work, but I’m not sure anymore..

    • stylesac21

      Oh but actually, I’d absolutely take just that 21st pick as well

    • Josh Haslam

      A few months ago I could’ve seen the Jazz and kings swapping Burks and Jimmer but now I don’t see them giving up Burks at all. Management loves him, now Corbin just needs to see this. Jimmer for the 21st pick, I think Kings and Jazz fans would want this.

  • braeden

    I agree lets take jimmer I’m sure we can grow as a team I’d rather go a year or two watching jimmer and mo off the bench then what we have now