Los Angeles Clippers' JJ Redick Has Worked Himself From Role Player to Difference Maker

By christopherbrown
Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clipper shooting guard JJ Redick entered the league as Duke University‘s all-time scoring leader and the most prolific three point maker in NCAA‘s  history. His career at Duke was well worthy of the retirement of his jersey in 2007, but some questioned his 11th overall selection by the Orlando Magic in the 2006 NBA Draft due to his unproven ability to create off the dribble and lack of foot speed and lateral agility to stay in front of anybody.

After Redick’s first few seasons in the league it looked as though the prognosticators were on to something. The young gun saw little action and didn’t produce much when inserted into the lineup. Yet Redick, a tireless worker, earned himself more playing time by putting on a blue collared shirt to match his silky smooth stroke.

Seven years later, Redick finds himself  in the starting lineup for the Clippers where he’s averaging 17 points and fast becoming one of the most dangerous threats for Clipper opponents. Redick’s progression is uncommon for a former spot-up shooter that looked to be closer to a career in broadcasting than he did as a difference maker on a championship caliber team. The 6-foot-4 guard has gradually gone from a respected shooter to a feared assassin while repelling defenders off his backcourt mate Chris Paul.

Redick is in constant grind mode while on the court, getting to the basket and to the free-throw line. Yet, the most overlooked trait Redick has developed over the years is his Paul-like intensity and frozen veins.

ChristopherBrown is an NBA writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @whatrockschris. Like him on Facebook Christopher-Rant Sports.

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