Jimmer Fredette put 36 points on the board Friday night, including a 20 point quarter but it still wasn’t enough as his Westchester Knicks fell 128-117 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The Knicks led 103-98 after three quarters, courtesy of a 40 point third period in which Jimmer scored half of the 40. The Skyforce shut down the Knicks attack in the final frame out scoring Westchester 30-14 to capture the win improving to 22-4, the best start through 26 games in NBA D-League history.
Fredette on the night hit 13 0f 21 from the floor including 3 of 6 from deep, while converting 7 of 9 from the free throw line.
The Glens Falls native is currently averaging 22.7 points per game, good for fifth best in the league. Jimmer has continued to play an all around game averaging 5.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds to go with just under two steals per contest.
Despite those numbers it was teammate Thanasis Antetokounmpo getting the call from the NBA, signing a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, the 15th player from the D-League this year to go to the Association.
While Antetokounmpo is a forward, not a guard like Fredette you still have to wonder what more Jimmer can do to get the call for himself. The answer is not much.
Jimmer has re-established his confidence and it shows in his game when almost every night he’s the best offensive player on the floor. He continues to compete at the defensive end where he’s not the terrible defender that many want to label him as being.
The question remains do NBA teams think that his game, translates to the next level, and more specifically can his skill set help their club.
Until then Jimmer will continue I’m sure to put up up big numbers and wait for his opportunity. The former BYU standout is right back in action tonight against the same Siuox Falls Skyforce, in a 7 p.m. run at the Stanford Pentagon.