Ok, so I've heard about all of the potential prospects at #7 that are being considered for the Kings, but what about Jimmer Fredette? I thought about this all night after it was mentioned in Ziller's post that the Kings had landed the #7 pick. I've scouted multiple reliable mocks including nbadraft.net that has Jimmer going to Indiana at #15 and mynbadraft.com that has him going to the desert at #13. I know the knock on him is his defense, first and foremost. However, lets say the Kings pair him with Tyreke in the backcourt, then what? Also, how about J.J. Barea? Not only is he shorter than Jimmer by two inches but he also isn't playing with anyone remotely close to Tyreke's size unless he is paired with Stevenson. Point being he has still been very successful for his size. Jimmer is knocked for his quickness but I'm not concerned about it when we have trees like Cousins and Dalembert (assuming he re-signs) filling the lane.
Then there is the argument that our backcourt is too crowded and he would be a sixth man at best. As I recall, Marcus Thornton faced the same concerns and look what he did when he got regular minutes. For those who say Jimmer is just another Adam Morrison, that is valid to an extent but Jimmer consistently excelled versus the top competition in college basketball and is a training freak compared to Morrison who I never thought was a gym rat despite all of his collegiate success. There is also a need for a shooter on this team but it doesn't have to be from the sf spot like many think. Jason Terry has made a career of being a shoot first guard and Stephen Curry is following that path too. The Mavs are a perfect example of how spot up shooters trump everything. They demolished the Lakers with 20 3-pointers and did much of the same last night against the Thunder.
Another thing to take into account is how Jimmer fits with Tyreke? In my opinion, Jimmer is the perfect option to have on the wing when Tyreke is slashing down the lane. Shooters may have bad nights but they will also hit big shots in big situations that make the difference in the game. I'm not saying Jimmer is the savior of the Kings and I'm not discounting the fact that I'm still ticked about our draft spot. What I am saying is Jimmer is more valuable than people think and he will be there when we pick. It's all about what the Kings brass wants to do. As much as I love and respect Pooh Jeter, Jimmer is a huge upgrade over him. Beno is another one of my favorites but he will be 29 in July and is not worth $6.5 million per year to be a part time player. I like what the Kings have done with the youth movement and this is just another step in that direction. Jimmer is a proven winner much like Kemba Walker and that just adds to his résumé. The question is do the Kings see enough in him to use the pick on him or do they go with a Kawhi Leonard who fills a need? For now let's continue to celebrate the Kings staying in town and the fact that we have an up and coming team!