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Jimmer Fredette returns to the NBA

The Phoenix Suns and Jimmer Fredette agreed to a two year contract on Thursday, brining the former BYU legend back to the NBA after spending three years in China. As big of a star as Fredette was in Provo during his time for the Cougars, he may be a bigger star in China playing for the Shanghai Sharks. This year for the Sharks, Jimmer averaged 36/5/5 shooting an impressive 47/42/92.

Jimmer has always been a tantalizing NBA prospect as one of the purest shooters in the world, able to make shots both off the dribble, and in spot up situations. However, his lack of size, athleticism, and defensive deficiencies have limited his playing time in the NBA.

The Suns guaranteed Jimmer’s contract for the rest of the 2019 season, meaning Jimmer will spend 10 games as a member of the Suns. Understanding it may take a few days to complete the release process from China, Jimmer may only appear on the Suns roster for a handful of games. Jimmer then becomes a team option for the Suns in the 2019-20 season.

Jimmer will face an uphill battle to make the roster next season, as he’s on the wrong side of 30, and plays the same position as the Suns best player Devin Booker. Jimmer has career averages of 6 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist, shooting 41/38/87.

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