What Exactly Blew Jimmer Fredette's Unusually Short Contract With The New York Knicks?
Reviving the career in 2016, Jimmer Fredette is a sensation once again. “Rome was not built in a day,” and all of it didn’t come at a click. Jimmer had to give up on New York Knicks before his chance in Shanghai Sharks.
So what was the reason for New York Knicks to cut contract of one of the best player in the league
A brief Contract With The New York Knicks!
Caption: college stats of Fredette during his three-year college career.
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Fredette was selected as the 2011 national player of the year and NCAA scoring champion. Moreover, he played for the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract in 2016. Fredette played just two games for New York during his 10-day contract for a total span of five minutes, scoring only seven points. Moreover, he received three DNPs during his short stint. After that, Fredette drew free-agent interest from NBA teams in summer of 2016. But Fredette didn't find a significant role in the league since being the selection with 10th overall in the 2011 NBA draft.
Fredette has a huge fan base, and that’s the reason fans at Madison Square Garden chanted Fredette's name on various occasions during his four home games, calling on interim coach Kurt Rambis to play the former BYU star. After scoring four points in Knicks' loss to Portland in 2016, Fredette expressed his appreciation and support from fans but hoped it wasn't a distraction to the organization.
"I definitely have had a great time and appreciate the fan support, but at the same time, I don't want to be a distraction, and don't want that to be a distraction to anybody, none of my teammates, my coaches, myself. But I think we do a good job just focusing on the game and focusing on the court."
Revived his career!
Caption: Jimmer Fredette 51 Points vs. Guangdong Tigers on November 11, 2016.
It is no secret that China's been recruiting top players, both in football and basketball. It was quite a surprise as Fredette signed a year contract with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association in 3rd August 2016.
Fredette didn't expect this to happen, not in Shanghai, where he signed in 2016 to play for one of worst team of the Chinese Basketball Association.
But now with the arrival of Jimmer Fredette, there is Shanghai’s unexpected rise from the bottom to the top in the league, and another group of fans halfway around the world chanting his name. So now we know why the fan nicknames him as "Jimo," which roughly translates to "Loneliness god."
Fredette, who is the former BYU star from upstate Glens Falls, NewYork has found a professional home in China, and his stats of 37-points-per-game has made him a megastar and crowd favorite with the Shanghai Sharks. But it is quite clear that he hasn’t given up on his NBA dream either. Fredette revealed to The Vertical,
“I’m not 100 percent sure. Obviously, I’m from the USA and the NBA is the greatest league in the world, and if I have the opportunity to play in the NBA, that’s where I would love to play,”
Caption: Estimated career earnings of Jimmer Fredette over his career.
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Fredette signed a year contract with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association worth $1 million and stalking his current stats, his contract is sure to extend with a splendid raise in worth.