The Knicks decided to call up sharpshooting point guard and folk hero Jimmer Fredette on Friday. Fredette had been averaging 22 points on the Knicks’ D-League team and was named the MVP of the D-League All-Star Game last weekend. Fredette was the NCAA Player of the Year and Scoring Champion in 2011, and was the 10th pick in that year’s NBA draft. Fredette, 26, is a New York native. He will be on the roster beginning Monday.
The Westchester Knicks selected Jimmer Fredette with the 2nd overall pick in the D-League draft on Saturday. Fredette, the 6-foot-2, 26 year-old sharpshooter, will report and play in White Plains as he auditions for an NBA roster spot. Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. The Knicks have one open roster spot and, with Fredette being a lifelong Knicks fan, surely would have the edge in a potential race for his services (obviously, the next team to try to add him to their 2015-16 NBA squad will be the first). However, any NBA team is technically able to sign the former BYU superstar.
Sources are reporting that the Knicks will sign 28 year-old guard Shannon Brown.
Brown provides perimeter scoring, solid defense, and incredible athleticism. He is an exciting player and a pretty good one, too. The one problem with this signing? Brown is more of a shooting guard than a point guard, and the Knicks biggest need right now is at the point. Still, Brown can handle the ball a bit, and he can certainly guard opposing point guards on the defensive end, which is where New York’s PG’s have been the most lacking so far. Signing somebody like Jimmer Fredette would have been more fun, but this is a nice move.