Following their last practice before their current six-game road trip, Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart took some extra time off-the-court to work with Jimmer Fredette.
“Just talking about shooting percentages from different areas on the floor,” the Kings rookie said to me when I asked what he and Smart discussed. “Kind of the stat chart of where you’re shooting the best and where you’re shooting worst and different types of stuff like that.”
Learning experiences like this can be just as important as floor time in a young player’s development. Just look at Jeremy Lin.
Before the Lin-sanity and their only game in Sacramento this season, I wandered over to the New York Knicks side of the court to observe their warm-ups. I took a seat baseline, close to the away team’s bench. Seated just a few feet away from me was Lin.
The Knicks sophomore guard had just finished getting up some pregame shots. But unlike many players who usually head back to the locker room to cool down, Lin took a seat next to one of head coach Mike D’Antoni’s assistants. What transpired between the two was a teaching opportunity very similar to the moment you see pictured above between Fredette and Smart.
Fredette may not be seeing consistent minutes right now. But you can rest assured that Smart and the rest of the Kings coaching staff are helping him through his challenging transition from collegiate scorer to NBA point guard.