I don't have a dog in this race. I do know that the Utah Jazz are a defense first team that can't make open shots regularly. After waiving defensive ace Elijah Millsap there's now a roster spot open. We're forever going to hear rumors about this Jimmer Fredette guy, just like everyone though Shawn Bradley, Andre Miller, Keith Van Horn, and anyone else with vague Beehive state ties would one day join the Jazz. Let's look at some of the facts.
Dante Exum is out for the season. Alec Burks is out again and has to rehab from surgery still before he gets back on the court after they put pins in him. Those are two of the top four guards on the roster. Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood can't do it all, and Trey Burke and Raul Neto aren't everyday game finishers at this level just yet. The Jazz need something more if they are going to go for a playoff push this year.
On the other hand, Jimmer isn't the perfect fit. He's a 6'2 shooting guard who plays point, but that's not a knock on him because we already do the same thing with Trey Burke. At the NBA level he has played for the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and New Orleans Pelicans. And with his time there (233 games) he hasn't really blown anyone away. He played for the San Antonio Spurs in preseason and we all know the infamous quote saying that, and I am paraphrasing, 'Jimmer thinks teams that don't change their offense to fit him are dumb.'
He was a big time scorer in the NCAA (22.09 ppg as a Junior, 28.86 ppg as a Senior), and is Morris Almond -ing it in the NBA-DL right now (23.71 ppg). Do we give this guy a shot? I asked twitter:
Jimmer. Yay or Nay.— SLC Dunk (@slcdunk) January 5, 2016
@slcdunk nay— Justin Lillywhite (@justlillywhite) January 5, 2016
@slcdunk yay— viná. (@Vinaa23) January 5, 2016
@slcdunk He can spread the floor.... why not?— Justin Jasperson (@JazzfanJustin) January 5, 2016
@slcdunk nay, ps, why didn't you use a poll?— Kevin Bailey (@kevinbailey25) January 5, 2016
And thus, here's a poll.
I'm not crazy about Jimmer, but I'm not against him either. What do you all think?