While he’s not playing in today’s All Star game, Jimmer Fredette is among the NBA’s elite.
At the halfway point of the season, Fredette leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage.
After scorching the New York Knicks for 24 points, including 6-of-8 from downtown, in the Sacramento Kings’ last game before the All Star break, Jimmer has now attempted enough 3-pointers to be considered among the league’s official statistical leaders.
2013-2014 3-Point Field Goal % Leaders (as of February 16, 2014)
1. Jimmer Fredette – 49.3%
2. Anthony Morrow – 48.0%
3. Kendall Marshall – 46.5%
4. Kyle Korver – 46.4%
5. Marco Belinelli – 48.8%
That’s right, Jimmer Fredette is to 3-point shooting what Kevin Durant is to scoring, Chris Paul is to assists, and Anthony Davis is to blocked shots: The league’s best.
This Year is No Fluke
Okay, this is where Rick Reilly and other ignorant people who love to hate the Jimmer start to protest.
“But it’s only half the season!” “But he’s only attempted 73 3-pointers so far this year!” “But most of his minutes are in garbage time off the bench!”
Blah, blah, blah.
While there is some validity to be skeptical of half a season’s performance, Jimmer has been lighting it up from deep for two consecutive years now.
Between a full 2012-2013 season and half of 2013-2014, Jimmer has gone 101-of-229 (44.1%) from beyond the arc, good enough for third in the NBA over the last two years.
3-Point Field Goal % Leaders – Last Two Seasons (Min. 200 3PT Attempts)
1. Kyle Korver – .45.9%
2. Jose Calderon – .45.3%
3. Jimmer Fredette – 44.1%
4. Stephen Curry – 43.8%
5. Steve Novak – 42.1%
The Jimmer haters will always point to Fredette’s shortcomings on the defensive end when they try to dismiss his elite 3-point shooting. But look at the rest of the guys on these lists of top 3-point shooters.
None of them are lock-down defenders.
Name the last time Steph Curry’s defense showed up on Sports Center. What NBA point guard hasn’t blown past Jose Calderon in the open court? How many times has Steve Novak been abused in the post by an athletic forward?
Any defensive shortcomings Jimmer Fredette may have can be applied to the rest of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters.
But enough about what Jimmer isn’t. This article is about what Jimmer is.
And as of today, Jimmer Fredette is the NBA’s best 3-point shooter.