Jimmer Fredette is Tearing Up The Chinese Basketball Association
After bouncing around the NBA and eventually being sent down its Development League, point guard Jimmer Fredette took his talents overseas to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Though Fredette could have played in the D-League for the 2016-2017 season, he opted to play in China, and the decision has paid off.
Now playing for the Shanghai Sharks, the 27-year-old has been dominating the CBA—just like he did in college for BYU. Shooting from incredible distance and scoring with ease, Fredette leads the league in scoring with 38.4 points a game (!) and is shooting at a 41 percent clip from deep.
In addition to his prolific scoring, the 6-foot-2 point guard leads the Sharks in assists (4.7) and rebounds (8.8) per game. Fredette has led his team to a 21-4 record, first place in the league.
His latest achievements include dropping 32 points in the CBA All-Star game on Sunday and winning the 3-Point Contest during halftime. He even dunked during the game, which he claims is rare in an Instagram post.
Fredette even recently got his own shoe, from the Chinese shoe company 361 Degrees. Surprisingly, they don't look half bad.
Jimmer now has a shoe deal with 361°, a Chinese company. pic.twitter.com/TjdWiUmVT9
— Carson Crosby (@carson_crosby) January 7, 2017
Since Fredette has been so dominant in China and the CBA season ends earlier than the NBA, there is a good possibility that basketball fans will get to see him in the NBA before the season ends. Until then, it's safe to say Fredette is becoming an overseas legend.