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Sacramento Kings Have Two Employees Dedicated to Jimmer Fredette Jersey Sales

How popular is Jimmer Fredette? So popular that the Sacramento Kings need two full-time employees to help fulfill sales orders for his jersey.

“We’ve had to have two people working full-time on [Fredette's] jersey [because of the demand],” Joe Maloof revealed to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick. “On the black jerseys, we had a bunch of them with no name on the back, so we had to have two people downstairs putting the name on the back of his jersey, working day and night to get as many out as we could.”

This isn’t much a surprise given that the Kings wasted little time promoting Jimmer from the moment he was drafted.

I think we’re going to see very quickly that Fredette is like the NBA’s version of Tim Tebow. Both were white superstars in college who had rockstar-like popularity. Both players had their abilities questioned around draft time. Both even have racehorses named after them.

Jimmer says he hasn’t been mobbed in Sacramento as much as he was in Utah, but he’s hoping to have success in the league which will likely change that. He had 12 points and 4 assists in the team’s preseason game Tuesday.

Chest bump to I am a GM

Jimmer Fredette Loses All Remaining Bro Points by Dressing Up Like Dalmation

I don’t know of too many people who considered Jimmer Fredette to be a dude before this atrocity, but whatever bro points he may have had are now gone. We already had a pretty good idea that Jimmer was whipped by his girl, Whitney Wonnacott, but now it’s official.

Jimmer’s girl literally has him on a leash, and he’s now figuratively her bitch. Not a good look, Jimmer, even if it was for Halloween.

Chest bump to The Big Lead, picture via Whitney Wonnacott

Jimmer Fredette Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott

Welcome to 2011, where athletes share the news of their engagements on the public forum of Twitter. Former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette did just that Friday night and shared this picture for proof:

Jimmer added the following commentary to the picture “I’m officially engaged everyone. She said yes and she was completely surprised! It was perfect!!” Please, like she was really going to say no. Whitney Wonnacott, a BYU cheerleader, has been loyally by his side since college. Congratulations to the couple. Now we have to wonder how Jimmer will be able to afford a honeymoon with a lockout ongoing.

Race Horse Named After Jimmer Fredette

Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette was the most popular player in college basketball last season and the most popular player in the 2011 NBA draft class. After the Sacramento Kings drafted him, they wasted little time promoting him for the excited fans. We already knew that The Jimmer was larger-than-life figure in Utah and Northern California, but the area where he’s a true hero is his hometown of Glens Falls, New York. There, someone’s even named a horse after him.

The Saratogian explains that a colt named “Jimmer” made the trip from Kentucky to the race track at Saratoga.

Among the youngsters is a colt sure to be popular with local fans: Jimmer. The son of Elusive Quality is named for Glens Falls native and former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, a top 10 pick in the NBA draft who is set to begin his career with the Sacramento Kings.

Pat Hammel, wife of Glens Falls basketball coach Tony Hammel, works on the barn staff for Bill Mott, who, along with Pletcher, is one of WinStar Farm’s top trainers. Pat Hammel suggested naming a colt after Fredette to WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden. WinStar liked the idea and chose this particular colt.

Truth be told, you haven’t really arrived until you’ve had a horse named after you. Who needs a statue when you can be immortalized with an equine honor of such high esteem?

via Jay Drew

Sacramento Kings Really Playing Up the Jimmer Fredette Angle, as Expected

Most people figured that the team that drafted Jimmer Fredette was doing so for marketing purposes more than anything else. Alex Kennedy at HoopsWorld put it perfectly on twitter saying “When owners see Jimmer, they see a big-name player who generates interest and money. When management sees him, they see a tough transition.” Keeping that in mind, and recognizing that Jimmer is the biggest name in the draft, the team in arguably the worst financial situation in the NBA decided to select him. And like Patrick Crawley pointed out in his draft recap (which you should definitely check out), the Kings are already playing up the Jimmer angle as much as you could expect. Check out the splash page they created specifically to promote him:

This really shouldn’t surprise us when you look at Sacramento’s financial situation. They need to sell tickets to raise money so they can keep the franchise in Sacramento. The question is if drafting Jimmer will help them do that. Sure he’s a recognizable name who fans may want to see, but if he’s not that good, how long will that last? Generally fans want to see a winner rather than an exciting player on a bad team (unless it’s Blake Griffin). If Jimmer proves to be a bust, then this will be viewed as a quick fix that didn’t work out.

By comparison, other teams marketed their newcomers fairly equally. The Utah Jazz featured both their top two picks on their website. The same is true of the Bobcats. Even the Cavaliers featured both of their top two guys on their website. Here are all the other splash pages for comparison:

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NBA Draft Analysis and Recap of the First 14 Picks – How do they all fit?

Thursday’s NBA draft was both exhilarating and head-scratching. Some players went higher than expected (ahem, Iman Shumpert). Others fell far, to teams that never expected to grab them (Chris Singleton and the Wizards, for instance).

It’s too early to tell which of these players will reach their potential and which ones will veer off the tracks in an Adam Morrison-like train crash. Like an overwrought episode of Franklin & Bash, it’ll take a while for the basketball community to reach its final verdicts.

In the meantime, here’s a quick pick-by-pick analysis of each player taken in this year’s lottery and how they fit with their new team:

1. Kyrie Irving (PG) – Cleveland

The look on Irving’s agent’s face when Irving’s name was called No. 1 was priceless. Turns out Cleveland had kept them in the dark all week long. Not a promise (despite there being word of a promise). Not a hint. Nothing. When you heard “Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” that’s the first time he heard it too. I’m sure Irving’s agent will remind Cavs executives of this in a few years when it comes time to sign an extension. In the meantime, Irving will be asked to keep the Cavs afloat with a nucleus of Baron Davis, AndersonVarejao, J.J. Hickson and Tristan Thompson. No easy feat. Let’s hope Dan Gilbert isn’t thinking playoffs any time soon.

2. Derrick Williams (PF) - Minnesota

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Jimmer Fredette Signed Commitment Contract, Realizes NBA Dream

Many athletes get their inspiration from some source. Some have a chip on their shoulder from a draft snub, others do it because they learned a dogged work ethic from a parent, and some just want to go down as the greatest of all time. For new Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, it was his older brother who truly pushed him while growing up.

T.J. Fredette is an aspiring rapper who was never as good as his little brother at basketball. But T.J. recognized that Jimmer had tremendous talent and made him sign a contract in high school to ensure he would dedicate himself towards becoming an NBA player. Check out the contract he signed in 2007:

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