Sacramento head coach Keith Smart is starting three guards, and none of them is named Jimmer Fredette.

It's a strategy that is frustrating to Fredette's vociferous flock and maddening to his family, but Smart promises that his plan ultimately is the best move for the rookie and the team.

"The unfortunate part is that everybody wants his time to be now, but it's a process," Smart said. "I have no doubt that Jimmer's going to figure this all out, and it's going to all work out the way everyone thought it would.

"The tough part is going through the teething with him and all of his followers, and everyone hoping and wanting something for him that just doesn't come that easily."