The PUJIT (Pull Up Jumper In Transition). It might be the most polarizing shot in the game. If you make it, it’s a big momentum swing, a “statement”, a bold move. If not, you’re a reckless player with low basketball IQ. Pundits will argue constantly about it.
Jimmer Fredette. One of the most polarizing players in the game desptite being a reserve for the lowly Sacremento Kings. Some love him, some hate him. Can he play in the NBA, and was he worth the 10th pick in the draft? You’ll find a thousand different answers to that question with a quick Google search. For every boneheaded play, there is a spectacular one. For every jump-pass turnover, there is a swished 26-footer. For every swatted shot (10% of his shots this year, 21st among guards with 10 or more MPG according to Hoopdata) there is a twisting reverse layup.
One has to have guts to take the PUJIT to say the least, and it might be Jimmer Fredette’s favorite shot. This season, Fredette has been taking and making it. He is shooting 66.7% on transition threes per mySynergySports and scoring an insane 1.67 PPP (points per possession).
The Jazz must not let Fredette take or make any of these. As a streak shooter, a small thing like this can get him going and once that happens there can be trouble. So far this year, the Jazz have been defending in transition well. They are tops in the league in PPP allowed and are forcing 25.8% three point shooting. Look for the Jazz to assign a certain man to forgo crashing the offensive boards to pick up Fredette once a shot is taken.