Redick noted the move on Twitter shortly after the report:
Redick, 33, has operated as one of the NBA‘s premier three-point shooters for some time. In fact, he’s drilled 41.5 percent of all threes he’s attempted since debuting in 2006, and his efficiency from beyond the arc has increased as he’s aged.
Redick has swished at least 42 percent of his triples each of the past three seasons, including 2015-16, when he led the NBA with a long-range conversion rate of 47.5 percent.
This past season, Redick averaged 15.0 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent shooting from three while attempting a career-high six treys a night.
Broken down further, Redick nailed 44.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot three-point attempts and a solid 38.5 percent of his pull-up attempts from beyond the arc, according to NBA.com’s player-tracking data.
Beyond the fact that Redick is a marksman of the highest caliber, he’s a net-positive because he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. With the Los Angeles Clippers, that meant darting off pindowns and back screens and capitalizing on flares in order to create open looks off the catch while Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin dominated the playmaking duties.
To that point, player-tracking data shows that Redick attempted a majority (53.2) percent of his shots last season without taking a dribble.
“Like, the one thing about JJ, I know he’s ready,” Paul said in April, according to the Los Angeles Times‘ Broderick Turner. “He’s going to stay ready. Doc talks about it all the time, about giving yourself up to the team and sacrificing and doing whatever. As long as we win, it’s all good.”
That approach will serve Redick well at his next stop in Philadelphia, where he will be asked to lead by example.
That kind of presence should help the Sixers, too, since they need stable veterans in the locker room to help bring the best out of a promising young core comprised of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric.
Redick should also continue to fire away from beyond the arc as he feeds off passes from Simmons, Fultz and the rest of the Sixers’ up-and-coming pick-and-roll distributors.
And while Redick may have to be patient when it comes to the Sixers’ win total during the 2017-18 season, his presence could pay major dividends a couple of years down the line as Philadelphia develops into one of the Eastern Conference’s most feared clubs.
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