The Milwaukee Bucks were involved in arguably the biggest trade that happened right before the NBA Trade Deadline this season, acquiring J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic. Most people expected Redick to move out of Orlando around the deadline and the Bucks ended up swooping in and being the ones that landed the sharpshooter.
Redick was expected to come into Milwaukee and provide some bench-scoring at guard/forward when Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis weren’t on the floor or having their best of games. With a career three-point percentage of 39.2 percent and with him shooting 39 percent from three while he was with the Magic this season, the Bucks expected Redick to be able to fill it up from long range when he arrived.
The Bucks haven’t seen much efficiency from Redick since he joined the team. He has played in 20 games for Milwaukee, playing 27.4 minutes per game and coming off the bench in all of those games. In those games he has averaged 12.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Disappointingly, Redick has also only shot 41.6 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from three.
His production hasn’t been terrible over that time, especially for a player coming off of the bench. However, the fact that he has shot the ball so inefficiently, particularly from beyond-the-arc, is a definite issue for Milwaukee. Both Ellis and Jennings have a reputation for being wildly inefficient with their shooting, so to have Redick coming off of the bench and providing more of the same isn’t helpful to them.
The Bucks have a strong hold on the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference right now. However, they also have a chance to overtake the Boston Celtics for the seven-seed, which would allow them to avoid the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Redick really needs to work on his shot selection and efficiency if they want to potentially overtake Boston.