Denver Nuggets guard Jimmer Fredette had a game-high 26 points as the Nuggets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 106-62, at the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fredette also was a game-high plus-38, a statistic indicative of his overall dominance and impact on the outcome of the game.
Since he was drafted with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 Draft, the road has been bumpy for the sharpshooter from BYU. He has appeared in games for four different teams in five seasons, though he just saw the court in NBA action six times last year with the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks.
Fredette recently made noise in the D-League last season for the Westchester Knicks, where he was named MVP of the D-League All-Star Game after setting a scoring record with 35 points.
Now Fredette is hoping that this Summer League opportunity with the Nuggets will lead to a more substantial role in the NBA, where his career once showed so much promise as an exciting lottery pick.
When asked, Fredette outlined his goals for the Summer League: “I want to show I can still play … just go out there and try to be consistent, be aggressive. I do everything I can to try to help our team win and just be myself – try to score the basketball, make the right play.”
While Fredette’s defense has often been criticized, his ability to score the basketball has not been doubted. He’s a marksman from downtown and proved it again on Saturday night with a game-high four 3-pointers – twice as many as the entire Grizzlies team.
Though it is currently unclear if Fredette will carve out a role with the Nuggets when the teams break camp, his strong shooting thus far in the Summer League is certainly helping his case.