Welcome to LA Jonathan Clay “J. J.” Redick, the newest shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. Redick didn’t come to Los Angeles on a quiet note, within a couple days of signing with the Clippers there were allegations of him having a paid terminated pregnancy with a ex-girlfriend which thankfully has been kept under wraps.
Back to the most important aspect of Redick is his play on the hardwood. On July 10, 2013, Redick was signed and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in three-team deal. The deal was worth $27 million over 4 years. With the Clippers, Redick decided to wear number 4, the number he wore at Duke University. A streaky, and at times, lethal shooter can only bolster the team’s shooting woes from beyond the arc. J.J has been held out of the first pre-season game for precautionary reasons regarding his thigh.
J.J. posted career-highs of 14.1 points and 3.8 assists, along with 2.2 rebounds, in 77 games split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic.
On how J.J. sees his role for himself, Byron Mullens and Jared Dudley:
“Our goal is to compliment the core. I think all of us have a skill-set and a personality that fits in. There’s not going to be any stepping on toes or anything with me at least. I think I’m a complimentary piece to what they already had.”
Expectations for 2013-14: Clippers fans can expect to see J.J. Redick starting at the two. I visualize Redick getting slightly less time than he did in Orlando and Milwaukee (30mpg) because he has the best 6th Man in the NBA (Jamal Crawford) waiting for the five minute mark of the 1st quarter to come in and ball.
Areas to Improve: Defense wins championships and the Clippers lack defense at the 2-guard position. If Redick can be a threat on that end of the court the Clippers will be in good shape for a title run.
Areas of Concern: The biggest concern for Redick is how he will handle being the 2nd best shooting guard on the team.
Best-Case Scenario: The best-case scenario would be that Redick is able to continue to shoot the rock at a 36.6% slate from the Three Point line and stay at the 90% mark at the Free Throw line. He and his wife seem to be enjoying Los Angeles and the pristine weather the city has to offer.
Worst-Case Scenario: Redick gets hurt badly early in the season and Willie Green needs to start for the Clippers.