The Los Angeles Clippers haven’t looked too sharp of late dropping two straight games, one of which came at the hands of the reeling Orlando Magic, while the other loss was in South Beach against the defending champion Miami Heat. While many narrow-minded NBA fans are hitting the panic button on the Clippers; it’s important to look at the bigger picture, and there’s one player in Los Angeles doing more than anyone expected.
J.J. Redick was acquired via trade this off-season from the Milwaukee Bucks by the Clippers. A seven-year veteran, Redick came to Los Angeles with a lengthy resume and one of the best opportunities of his career. Heading into 2013-14, Redick had never played with an All-Pro point guard such as Chris Paul and boy has the shooting guard taken hold of his new role. After six games Redick is currently averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game.
The last game the Clippers won came against the Houston Rockets, a contest in which Redick exploded for 26 points. Now, I’m not saying Doc Rivers should ask Redick to score more than 20 points a game, but consistent scoring from No. 4 has really added a new dimension to the Los Angeles offense. It’s far too early to be slamming the panic button on the new-look Clippers, as the regular season is barely a week old.
So as the year progresses, take a good look at Redick as he’s playing like a serious offensive threat on this explosive Clippers team.