Jimmer Fredette is a rookie, and he will be a rookie next week and the week after that. So for those wondering why the former BYU standout has spent the past two games on the bench – and hello to all you impassioned tweeters from Utah – that's the short answer.

The long answer is that Jimmer walked into a mess.

The Kings and their coaching change. The Kings and their crowded backcourt. The Kings and their one-on-one style of play. The lockout that forced cancellation of the summer league and traditional training camps, shoving all the usual dramas into a compressed 66-game season.

But the thing about the NBA? A rookie's existence often is more fluid than political exit polls.

Fredette and the surprising Isaiah Thomas are sharing the ride, with one young guard, and then the other, receiving precious, unpredictable opportunities.