The Los Angeles Clippers acquired shooting guard J. J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks during this past offseason in a three-team trade. He is one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the league at 39 percent. He will probably be the starting shooting guard, as Jamal Crawford is comfortable coming off the bench.
Last season with the Orlando Magic, Redick set career highs in almost every category. He shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from the three-spot, had 4.4 assists, and scored 15.1 points. But after he got traded to the Bucks, his percentages declined. It might be because he was the third scoring option to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. The ironic part about his shooting percentage was that while his three-point shooting declined during his stint with the Bucks, his mid-range and close range shot improved.
Redick shot 40 percent from behind the arc overall, 50 percent from the right corner and 58 percent from the left corner with the Magic. But he shot only 40 percent on two-point jump shots and a horrendous 23 percent inside the key. With the Bucks, it was the opposite. His three-point percentage was 36, mid-range percentage was 44.5, and inside the key was 57.7 percent. He shot especially well from the right side at 50 percent on mid-range jump shots.
Not only was Redick a good shooter, he was a great catch-and-shoot player while shooting off the dribble at 40 percent and 43.7 percent, respectively. You give him an inch of space and he will drain it. While Redick remains the third scoring option, it will be different from his days in Orlando and Milwaukee. Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin know how to share the ball. Paul is much better than Jameer Nelson and Jennings when it comes to finding the open man. Meanwhile, Griffin averages 3.7 assists compared to Dwight Howard‘s 1.9 assists. This means that Redick should set career highs in shooting percentage and possibly points with the Clippers. He will get more open shots because Paul and Griffin demand so much attention from the other team.
Redick’s weaknesses are defense and shooting over taller defenders. He has improved in chasing shooters off of screens, but athletic guards can easily blow by him. When there is a tall and athletic defender that can keep up with him off of screens, Redick gets taken out of the game. On the bright side, the other team’s best defender is usually reserved for Paul, so Redick will not have to worry about the likes of Tony Allen or Kawhi Leonard too often. What Redick gives the team is a weapon to punish opposing teams who double the Clippers’ two All-Stars.