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Jimmer hopes to get more playing time

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette is still not getting consistent playing time for the Sacramento Kings.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Jimmer is in town again, but will his fans get a chance to see him play much tonight against the Jazz?

Fredette and the Sacramento Kings take on the Utah Jazz Monday night and he is hoping to get some meaningful playing time.

"I'm biding my time and trying to play the best that I can when I get the opportunity," said BYU's all-time leading scorer. "I'm working hard everyday in practice and in games. I'm doing what I can when I'm on the floor and trying the team as much as I can."

There are games in which Fredette sees plenty of action, like Saturday night against the New York Knicks when he played 23 minutes and scored 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting.

But then there are stretches when Jimmer didn't even need to show up, like in back-to-back games January 19th and 21st when he stayed on the bench for all 48 minutes.

Fredette is averaging just 14 minutes per game this season, down from 25 minutes per game last year as a rookie. It has to be frustrating, but Jimmer is saying all the right things.

"I still have a lot of time in this league," said Fredette, who is averaging 7.5 points per game in his second NBA season. "People take different paths. Everybody who comes out of college is a big-time player, and they take different paths in the NBA."

Former Weber State star Damian Lillard was a big-time player coming out of college, but he is getting plenty of playing time with the Portland Trailblazers and is the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

"Obviously, Damian has been playing really well right away and getting a lot of minutes," Jimmer said. "He's leading that team and doing a great job. I'm just trying to find more minutes. You can't get frustrated. You just have to stay the course, continue to progress and I know I'll have my time."

Whether that is in Sacramento remains to be seen. Fredette has one more year left on his contract before becoming a free agent.

This is Jimmer's fourth game in Utah as an NBA player and he says it's always a lot of fun to play in front of the Jazz fans.

"I always have a great time coming back seeing friends and family," said Jimmer, who is 1-2 with the Kings in Salt Lake City. "I like seeing all the familiar faces with the BYU crowd and people that you have learned to love the last four years that I was in college. It's always an exciting time, I'm happy to be back again and this time hopefully we're able to come out with a win."
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