“With the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns select Jimmer Fredette, from BYU”
That’s what I dream to hearing on Thursday night (live from Newark, NJ).
The 2011 Draft doesn’t look like one we’ll remember as one that changed the game (a la 1984 – Olajuwan, Jordan and Barkley) and while there’s probably no one capable of changing a franchise’s destiny long-term (no LeBron James, or Kevin Durant in sight either) it seems like there’s a relatively large group of prospects that could turn out to be solid players in the NBA.
In that bunch there might even be an all star (or two) here and there and while we all think it could be Irving (Duke) or Williams (Arizona) there might be a few surprises.
We know the Suns have been more or less awful either by draft or by immediately following trades. Without getting into a deep analysis here’s a list of the last 10 first round picks by our beloved Suns:
2010 – No first round pick. Collins and Lawal picked in the second round.
2009 – Earl Clark (14)
2008 – Robin Lopez (25)
2007 – Rudy Fernandez (24) and Alando Tucker (29)
2006 – Rajon Rondo (21) and Sergio Rodriguez (27)
2005 – Nate Robinson (21)
2004 – Loul Deng (7)
2003 – Zarko Cabarkapa (17)
2002 – Amare Stoudemire (9) and Casey Jacobsen (22)
Rudy Fernandez, Rajon Rondo, Loul Deng. Think the Suns could use them right now? Phoenix could finally have the future replacement for Steve Nash in Rondo, a long awaited small forward in Deng and a real shooting guard in Fernandez. I guess we preferred to settle for cash, thanks. Basically, since Stoudemire no “relevant” Suns has come out of the Draft.
I believe it’s time to reverse this trend and go for the Jimmer. Worst case scenario, just another useless pick, what do the Suns have to lose anyway…
Fredette is the best shooter in the draft and has unlimited offensive range. He’s 6-2, has wonderful basketball instincts and he’s, in my opinion, a gamer. Plus, he could learn a lot by playing at least one year alongside Steve Nash. I think he could develop into a good, even if atypical, NBA point guard. If his development doesn’t progress that way I’m sure the Suns could use an outside shooter (who also comes well off screens), one they haven’t had since Joe Johnson.
Of course Jimmer’s defense is more or less a liability (not a new concept on the Suns) and most scouts believe he lacks athleticism, which could be true but so did a lot of former great players. I’d rather have a basketball player dealing with his athletic limits than a superior athlete trying to deal with inadequate basketball skills.
Plus the Jimmer could have a great “cult” following and bring new life to an otherwise declining squad. I think the Suns should also be ready to trade down, let’s say to 8th or 9th should the Jimmer be available.
Let’s make a move and bring The Jimmer to the Valley.
Yours truly, Luca the Steve Fan