NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jimmer Fredette likes the Knicks’ run-and-gun system. Too bad he might not fall to New York at No. 17 in this month’s NBA draft.
The Knicks were the only team to work out the Glens Falls, N.Y. native last year. New York liked Fredette but couldn’t give him a draft guarantee — and that might have been their best chance to land BYU’s sharpshooter.
“They said they really liked me, they couldn’t guarantee me anything, but they said that there was a good chance,” Fredette said after Thursday’s pre-draft workout with the Knicks. “It would’ve been a lot tougher if someone was to give me a guarantee saying they would pick me, especially if they were in the first round. That would’ve been tough to pass up. I’m very fortunate and glad I didn’t.
“I had an unbelievable run my senior year and it put me in a better position this year.”
But what if he is available? Fredette said he’d “fit in very well” with the Knicks’ high-octane offense.
“Run-and-gun system, get up and down and shoot the ball,” he said. “I thought I did pretty well overall. I think Coach (D’Antoni) likes me … I definitely like the system.”
The 6-foot-2 point guard still faces questions about his defense. And with the Knicks already under scrutiny for their defensive deficiencies, Fredette might be a player worth passing on.
“Will he be able to defend?” asked one scout, according to the New York Daily News. “It’s a big question. And I’m not sure he could defend at the next level.”
Fredette chooses to draw the focus on his basketball smarts instead. Just imagine the upstate New Yorker toeing the three-point line at MSG behind Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
“What I bring to the table is that I can stretch the floor for them, but I can also create off the dribble and make really good decisions,” Fredette said. “I think my basketball I.Q. will help me be able to fit into this system perfectly with those two guys.”
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