The Los Angles Clippers are looking for their starting shooting guard, J.J. Redick, to return to action from a broken wrist at some point in mid-January.
Redick was injured in a Nov. 29 game against the Sacramento Kings which came as a pretty big blow to the Clippers. He has been great for his new team this year, posting career-highs in practically every major statistical category. He was scoring 15.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting before his injury. Even though Redick doesn’t really fill up a stat sheet with much more than than points and three-point field goals, he is a valuable asset who can be deadly from long range and demands a defender’s full attention. While veteran Jamal Crawford has been filling in for Redick and doing a good job, it will be nice for the Clippers to have an extra set of fresh legs and some more scoring when Redick returns.
Redick can’t come back soon enough for Doc Rivers and his team, who just lost their star point guard Chris Paul for 3-5 weeks with a shoulder injury. The Duke alum will be able to add some three-point shooting, something that the Clips need badly. Currently, they are 26th in the league in three-point percentage, having made only 33.4 percent of their shots from downtown so far this season.
Granted, Redick hasn’t been shooting great from behind the arc this season, making only 35.9 percent of his threes, but he will probably be able to emerge from this small slump once he returns with somewhat of a fresh start. According to the SportVU player tracker, Redick is one of the best catch and shoot scorers in the league, averaging 6.6 points per game when given the opportunity to do so.
Redick has had his hard cast removed and could come back and play as early as Jan. 15 according to the Los Angeles Times.