In the days leading up to the NBA D-League Draft, it was inevitable that the Westchester Knicks were going to select Jimmer Fredette with the second overall pick. Not only is Fredette a native of Glens Falls, New York, but the Knicks were in need of help in the backcourt. Even though Fredette has given the team stability in the backcourt during the 2015-16 campaign, Westchester ran into a tough opponent in the Semi-Finals of the D-League playoffs. With the season over for the Westchester Knicks, what is next for the BYU product?
Before the season started, Fredette believed Westchester was the best situation for him. "I took everything into consideration this year before I came to the D-League," Jimmer Fredette told Ridiculous Upside. "I had European offers and thought about it seriously. We just felt like this was the best stop for me at this point." Not only did Fredette have the opportunity to perform in front of his home crowd, but he had a chance to play for a team he grew up watching.
The New York Knicks entered the 2015-16 campaign with 14 players on their roster and the 6'2" guard believed he could fill that spot. Even though he started off the season on a 10-day contract via the New Orleans Pelicans, he eventually made his D-League debut against the Grand Rapids Drive. And he did not disappoint.
Even though the guard performed well during the first half of the season, the D-League Showcase gave him the best chance to show his skills. With team executives and presidents on hand for the event, he was given his chance to shine. Even though Fredette has been developing some aspects of his game throughout the season, he was still producing at a high level.
After an outstanding first half of the season, Jimmer Fredette was named to the D-League All-Star Game, alongside Jordan Bachynski. The 6'2" guard scored 35 points and added in eight assists and six rebounds in the game. Following a record-setting scoring performance, he earned the All-Star Game MVP Award. Fredette was looking to follow in the footsteps of the 2014 All-Star Game MVP Robert Covington, who earned an NBA contract following his performance at the All-Star Game.
Not long after, the guard received a 10-day contract with the Knicks. Although it can be difficult for a player on a 10-day contract to receive significant playing time, if any, Fredette did not see the court that much. He played a total of five minutes in two games, while scoring seven points. While Kurt Rambis was looking for experience on the team, New York did not have any hope of making the playoffs. Given their anemic backcourt, it wouldn't have hurt playing the Westchester guard. His flaws are known, but he wasn't given much of an opportunity. Nonetheless, his stay with the Knicks was short-lived.
Fredette was reacquired by Westchester after his 10-day stint with New York ended. He helped push the Westchester Knicks to their first-ever playoff berth. While Jimmer Fredette shot poorly in game one of the playoffs, he ended the series on a positive note. Although the Knicks were swept by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the season was not a disappointment. Westchester was an improved team from last season, but the Knicks ran into a dominant team in the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Even though Fredette had solid games in the D-Leauge playoffs, it may have been his last game in a Westchester uniform. "You never know whats going to happen," Fredette said. "I probably won't be playing in the D-League next year. I feel like the one year that I was able to come out and be able to get into a rhythm and prove to myself what I can do. And then it's all about furthering your career and finding whatever is best for your family at that point. So, hopefully it will be with an NBA team."
If game one of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals was the last time Westchester saw Fredette in a Knicks uniform, he had many positive moments during the season. Not only did the team increase their win total from their inaugural season, but he was productive for the majority of the season. His productivity during the season helped drive the Knicks to their first-ever playoff birth. Although he had his taste of the NBA this season, the 6'2" guard maintains the passion in getting back to the association. During the 2015-16 season, he averaged 21.1 points, 5.0 assists, and shot forty-one percent from downtown. There is no doubt wherever he ends up, whether it's overseas or the NBA, he will still be draining three-point shots.