Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA for the first time in three years, as he inked a deal with the Phoenix Suns for the rest of this season, with a team option for next year.
Fredette has lit up the Chinese Basketball Association during his NBA hiatus, averaging 36 points per game this season in China. However, he’s keeping the NBA dream alive and remains a fan favorite, especially in Utah where he starred at BYU, launching deep threes and just generally getting buckets for the Cougars.
On Monday night, Fredette made his second appearance of the season for Phoenix, after playing four minutes against the Kings, and when he checked in the game in Utah he received a standing ovation from the Jazz faithful, where Jimmermania is still running wild all these years later.
So far, Fredette has yet to make a bucket with the Suns, going 0-for-1 against the Kings and opened 0-for-2 against the Jazz. It’s obviously a wildly small sample size, but that’s going to be the case for Fredette for the remainder of this season as he looks to prove he’s an NBA player. He’ll have to shoot well to do that, but also prove he can hang in the other facets of the game, namely on defense, if he’s going to have a home stateside next season.