Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.
Over the next few days, we will be filtering in a new interview series with Coach Paul Westphal. Before heading home to Southern California for what is shaping up to be a very long summer, Westphal took some time out of his busy schedule to hang out with us here at Cowbell Kingdom. We will kick off the discussion with a little Jimmer chatter, which seems to be everyone's favorite topic at the moment.
Coach, you just moved from pick no. 7 to pick no. 10, you picked up John Salmons and you picked up Jimmer Fredette - how do you see Jimmer fitting in right away? Is he a role player? Can he compete for a starting job from day one?
I really can't envision him taking a spot ahead of Tyreke Evans or Marcus Thornton, assuming we re-sign Marcus. But if he can, he'll start. I do think that we can rely on him to play significant minutes. I'd be really surprised if it doesn't unfold like that and I think he's a point guard. I think he is a point guard who has great leadership skills, great maturity, great fundamentals. I don't think there is much concern about him not being a good player. How great he will become over a period of time, nobody can tell you that either, but there is nothing that leads me to think he can't be a solid contributor right away.
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