The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today
Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today

The following article profiles the top five free throw shooters in the NBA today.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Free throw shooting is a crucial aspect of the game and is often the difference between winning and losing.

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Who Has Best Rookie Season- Rubio, Irving, Fredette, or Walker?
Thursday , Dec , 29 , 2011 Paul Eide

Who Has Best Rookie Season- Rubio, Irving, Fredette, or Walker?


One thing that I almost completely forgot about during the extended lockout were the rookies drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. We heard about current players potentially going overseas and others staying put, but we heard next to nothing about the rookies.
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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tyreke Evans on Jimmer Fredette: He`ll take pressure off me

“He’s definitely going to take pressure off of me,’’ said Evans. “There’s a lot of attention drawn on me, so now, with him on the floor, he can shoot from anywhere.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the difference between being good and average in the NBA.

Good players want to play with other good players and aren`t concerned with positions, while average players will avoid good players if they anticipate a clash at a position.

So, the Sacramento Kings must be breathing a massive sigh of relief when reading Tyreke Evans’ comments that he’s excited to play with lottery pick Jimmer Fredette.

It wasn’t always this way.

A month or so ago, Evans appeared puzzled by the selection of Fredette as the two are hybrid guards and the pairing, at least on paper, seemed awkward.

Evans has had a change of heart. Instead of getting caught up on what these two can’t do and positions, he’s now thinking of what they can do.

For instance, Fredette’s jump shot will punish opposing defences when they double-team Evans or any King.

Evans also realizes Fredette’s cult-hero status will help the Kings re-connect with Sacramento after nearly moving to Anaheim last spring.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jimmer Fredette: ‘I won’t be able to dominate’ the NBA

“The biggest thing is that people want to see how I translate to the NBA game,” Fredette told Yahoo! Sports. “There are a lot of question marks out there. There are a lot of guys who don’t think I can play at this level and I won’t be able to dominate as well as the college level. I’m not expecting to do that at the NBA level right away anyway.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The one person being realistic about Jimmer Fredette’s future is Jimmer Fredette.

The BYU combo guard has been hailed a saviour and messiah since being selected tenth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA draft.

Sacramento fans expect him to have an immediate impact. Die hard NCAA fans expect him to dominate. Everyone expects he’ll save basketball in Sacramento, as the franchise was practically in Orange County before the NBA cancelled the prospective move.

It’s too much. Even Fredette admits as much.

There’s a huge jump from college to the NBA. Such a transition would be difficult for a first overall pick, let alone a lower lottery pick in a weak draft year.

If Fredette focuses on improving, he’ll have a fine career. Hopefully, this satisfies everyone else.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tyreke Evans Confused by Jimmer Fredette Pick?

But a month after the draft, Evans also has some questions: Is he still the Kings’ starting point guard? Or, is he being moved to shooting guard to make room for the heralded rookie? Team officials gave Evans no answers after the draft, and they can’t speak to him until after the lockout ends.“I don’t know how we are playing it,” Evans said. “Am I going to be the point? Is he going to be the point? At the end of the day, whatever one they lead me to, I’m just ready.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s basketball. And there’s the business of basketball.

Tyreke Evans should understand the Sacramento Kings picking Jimmer Fredette in the first round of the 2011 Draft was part basketball and part business.

Sure, Fredette can play. Yet nobody is sure how his silky smooth jump-shot will exactly fit with the young, talented, and temperamental Kings.

Some of these questions have been compounded by the lockout, specifically the cancellation of summer league which would’ve provided a sneak peak at Fredette running sets with many of his new teammates.

The Kings selected Fredette, in part, for his off-court appeal. He’s already a cult-hero and such status will help a frustrated Sacramento fan base re-connect to the club after their near move to Orange County.

While there are concerns about Fredette’s on-court game, few have concerns about his off-court game and ability to sell tickets.

Even Evans shouldn't be confused by this.
--Oly Sandor

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Monday , Jul , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Lil’ Wayne explains Jimmer Fredette and Stan Van Gundy references

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ever wondered the meaning behind Lil' Wayne's sports references?

Well, the multi-platinum rapper explained the connection between sports and his lyrics for ESPN -which included details on Jimmer Fredette and Stan Van Gundy.

Watch the video below and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.  

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What if the 2011-2012 season is cancelled?
Monday , Jul , 04 , 2011 J.N.

What if the 2011-2012 season is cancelled?

There is a possibility that this might happen. Right now, things look grim. People are trying to remain hopeful. This is not a doom piece, but I usually go about expecting the worst out of everything. That’s life because when things go right, there is nothing to complain about. With that in mind, let’s pretend that the season is done. It’s over. Now what? The last lockout back in 1998 had the NBA miss 32 games. The league lost a lot of fans. 

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Friday , Jul , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Jimmer Fredette Sacramento’s Saviour?

The Sacramento Kings haven't started winning just yet, but they already got that second part down.  According to sacbee.com, the Kings have already sold more tickets than they did all last season.  One undeniable reason for that: Jimmer.

The biggest name in the entire draft is already making a difference to a team that has just one more year to prove that it can survive in Sacramento.  That probably isn't the primary reason the Kings selected Jimmer at No. 10, but it's definitely a nice bonus.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: No rookie should have the saviour tag. They should focus on learning the pro game and adjusting off-court.

Many talented college players have failed to realize their full potential in the pro ranks. Their game may not translate. Or, they love The Life: money, nightclubs, celebrity.

The Sacramento Kings are clearly nuts for anointing first year pro Jimmer Fredette their saviour. After all, Fredette isn’t just The White Knight on-court, but he’s supposed to renew connections with fans off-court.

Now the Kings aren’t just bad on-the-court, they’re dysfunctional. However, they have bigger issues off-court. Ownership nearly moved the club to Anaheim before the NBA forced them back to Sacramento.

Fredette isn’t just walking into this soap opera, he’s being asked to solve it. Management admitted he was drafted, in part, because he sells tickets.

So there’s no pressure, right?

The current situation shows just how the Kings have slipped. Not long ago, they were the class of the NBA on and off court.

Desperate times, desperate measures. And if Fredette fails, there will be plenty of blame to go around.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Tyreke Evans likes new addition JImmer Fredette

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Everything can change in a year. Just ask Tyreke Evans.

Last year, Evans was the darling of the NBA, a co-winner of the Rookie of the Year award and the face of the up-and-coming Sacramento Kings.

Then he got caught in a less than ideal video. He struggled with injuries, conditioning, and DeMarcus Cousins. Not surprisingly, he and the Kings suffered.

Today, Evans is wiser. There is also renewed hope around the Kings. They’re staying in Sacramento and drafted cult-hero/sharp-shooter Jimmer Fredette.

Click the video below and listen to Evans’ thoughts on his newest teammate. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Breakdown of 2011 NBA Draft, Picks 1-10

Finally, the NBA Draft is here. The gossip, speculation, and home videos of mysterious Euro prospects is no more.

Below is how things officially unfolded in real time, with live analysis at the HoopsVibe News headquarters. So get at us with thoughts, ideas, and opinions in the comment box below.

1) Kyrie Irving to Cleveland Cavaliers.

Details: PG, 6-2, 181, Duke Blue Devils, Fr.

Pros: Irving is a good athlete, who uses his quickness and feel for the game to attack the basket. He’s smart, tough, and had little issue leading more experienced teammates during the NCAA tournament.

While Irving is a good athlete, he isn’t explosive or big. And he missed much of his freshmen year with a toe injury. So the New Jersey native is a risk.

Fit: He'll be fine as long as he doesn't follow Baron Davis' training routine or try to replace that LeBron guy.

2) Derrick Williams to Minnesota Timberwolves.

Details: PF, 6-9, 248, Arizona Wildcats, So.

He’s a pick-your-poison scorer. In his second season, Williams improved his ability to attack the basket, while also being able to knock down jump shots. This combination of skill and athleticism should make Williams a difficult match-up for opposing defenses.    

Some feel Williams is a ‘tweener’, stuck between the 3 and 4 spots. And they’re unsure if his athleticism can compensate for his 6-9 height,   

Fit: Is there room for Kevin Love, Mike Beasley, and Williams in the frontcourt?

3) Enis Kanter to Utah Jazz.

Details: C, 6-10, 260, Turkey, 19 years of age.

Pros: Strong, skilled, and tough is how most describe Kanter. His polished game and physical tools should make a pretty good NBA player.

Cons: Kanter is undersized and not especially explosive for a five-man. And can his knee hold up to the grind of an NBA season?

Fit: His strong IQ and blue-collar approach makes him perfect for the Jazz.

4) Tristan Thompson to Cleveland Cavaliers.

Details: PF, 6-9, 225, University of Texas, Fr.

Pros: Thompson should have a nice NBA career because of his wingspan, improving body, and lefty skill-set. His energy and work on the glass is also a plus.

Cons: Despite shedding baby fat, Thompson is still a little undersized to handle NBA power forwards. 

Fit: The Canadian can play, but going fourth overall was a surprise. He'll need time to develop his offensive game for the Cavs.

5) Jonas Valanciunas to Toronto Raptors

Details: PF, 6-10, 230, Lithuania, 18 years old.

Pros: Valanciunas is an energetic player, who is active on the offensive glass and gets his share of put-back points. At 18, some believe he has the most upside of any player in the draft.

Cons: He’s extremely raw and could take several years before making an impact.

Fit: Of course, GM Bryan Colangelo had to take a Euro. But the young Lithuanian has a chance to be real good.

6) Jan Vesely to Washington Wizards.

Details: PF, 6-11, 240, Czech Republic, 21 years old.

Pros: He’s not your typical Euro. Long, athletic, and explosive, Vesely loves to get up the floor and throw down monster jams. His length and versatility makes him a force on both ends of the floor.

Cons: Vesely needs to extend his offensive range beyond put-backs and highlight reel jams.

Fit: Strap up Washington. This kid is a walking highlight reel.

7) Bismack Biyombo to Sacramento Kings (picking for Charlotte Bobcats).

Details: PF, 6-9, 243, Congo, 19 years old.

Pros: He’s an athlete. Biyombo has scouts drooling with his frame, wingspan, leaping ability, and quickness.

Cons: But he’s raw. Many of those same scouts are worried about his lack of skill and age.

Fit: Some say he couldn't score if locked in a gym by himself. He also needs to negotiate a buyout with his FIBA club. But he’s an incredible athlete.

8) Brandon Knight to Detroit Pistons.

Details: PG/SG, 6-3, 177, Kentucky University, So.

Pros: Knight was always a terrific scorer, but showed he could involve others towards the end of his season at Kentucky. His athleticism and outside range makes him a strong prospect. 

Cons: Some feel he’s more of a shooting guard than a natural point guard.

Fit: Hopefully, he survives a Piston team that was highly dysfunctional in 2011.

9) Kemba Walker to Charlotte Bobcats.

Details: PG, 6-1, 172, University of Connecticut, Jr.

Pros: Walker has the ‘quicks’ to get to the basket and can also punish sagging defenders with his much-improved jumper. This made him unstoppable during his terrific 2011 season at UCONN.  
Cons: Well, size. Walker plays like a shooting guard, but has the body of a point guard.

Fit: Walker will bring leadership and confidence to Michael Jordan's Bobcats.

10) Jimmer Fredette to Sacramento Kings.

Details: PG, 6-2, 190, Bringham Young Unviersity, Sr.

Pros: He's a magical shooter with a cult-like following at Bringham Young University. 

Cons: Can he defend NBA point guards? Is he a point guard? 

Fit: Fredette`s range will mesh nicely with Tyreke Evans and the offensive-minded Kings.

--Oly Sandor.

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Can Jimmer Fredette Succeed In The NBA? Google “JJ Redick” For Your Answer
Thursday , Jun , 16 , 2011 Paul Eide

Can Jimmer Fredette Succeed In The NBA? Google “JJ Redick” For Your Answer

I remember the first time Jimmer Fredette came out of college. It was back in 2006. He was fresh off of becoming the highest scoring player in the history of the ACC. He wasn’t a great ball handler and the only way for him to make an impact in a game was by shooting; scoring was his most notable attribute, but other than that he was pretty limited and lacked the ability to create his own shot. He was a liability on defense, wasn’t a great passer and contributed almost nothing in the way of rebounding.

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