The Los Angeles Clippers knew that the additions that they made for the 2013-14 NBA season were going to help boost their power on the offensive end of the floor. After having a bit of inconsistency on the wings last season, bringing in guys like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley was obviously going to be huge for them.
Thus far, Redick has been the better of the duo for the Clippers. The veteran shooting guard is averaging 15.8 points and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 36 percent from long-range. It’s clear that he’s enjoyed all of the open looks that he gets from playing alongside Chris Paul.
Not in the same mold as Redick, though, Dudley has struggled a bit this season. At the starting wing position opposite Redick, Dudley is averaging just 7.2 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game while shooting only 43.5 percent from the floor and a poor 31 percent from three-point range.
Dudley showed in his years with the Phoenix Suns that he can be an effective outside shooter and a solid offensive weapon. However, that hasn’t happened with this Clippers team, even with their offense looking like one of the best units in the league. Really, though, I think it’s just a matter of shots not falling right now.
From what I’ve seen of Dudley in L.A., he’s been getting good looks and playing within himself, but his shots just aren’t falling. For a player with his skills and that is a career 47.2 percent shooter and 40.1 percent three-point shooter, I can’t imagine that continuing. I’d expect Dudley to get better as the season goes on and, as crazy as it sounds, possibly for the Clippers’ offense to get better as well.