While the Sacramento Kings have been a nightmare this year they do have one bright spot. Despite having his minutes cut to only 14/game after a poor rookie season Jimmer Fredette is playing much better in his sophomore season.
2012 – 15 PTS/36 Mins, 1.0 Points/Shot, -7 Simple Rating*
2013 – 22 PTS/36 Mins, 1.4 Points/Shot, +6 Simple Rating
Kings fans want to see The Jimmer starting and playing 30 minutes/game. He leads the team in PTS/36 Mins and True Shooting (60%). The team stinks and they aren’t going anywhere. Starting 33 year-old John Salmons on this squad is silly even if he is getting paid $8M.
At the very least Sacramento would get the benefit of a more valuable trade chip in Jimmer if they decide to move him to a contender.
*from 82games.com, a production measure for a player’s own stats versus the counterpart player on the other team while he is on the court, as well as a simple on court/off court plus minus.