A year ago, this was his week. He scored 32 points one night, 34 points two nights later. He busted NCAA Tournament brackets, electrified crowds with his brazen shotmaking and court presence, and thrust BYU onto the national scene.

So what happened to The Jimmer, anyway?

Three months into his first NBA season – eight months after being drafted ahead of Klay Thompson, Alec Burks and Kawhi Leonard, among others – Jimmer Fredette is struggling to establish a role, earn consistent minutes, exploit his combination of skills and keep his shoulders squared and attitude straight.

"I know exactly what he's going through," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "I went from hitting the winning shot on a championship team (Indiana in 1987) … and it's hard. You want so much more. But he's learning, he's improving. He's like most rookies in this league who just need time to develop."