J.J. Redick, 6’4″, Duke
2017-2018 Season Review
J.J. Redick was signed to a massive one-year contract before last season to serve as a veteran presence both on and off the floor. Redick was as good, if not better, than the Sixers expected. He took some pressure off of Joel Embiid, as it was tougher for opposing defenses to double Embiid in the post with Redick on the perimeter. Redick was integral to the Sixers’ success last season, and it led to him being brought back to Philadelphia for the 2018-2019 season.
2018 Offseason Notables
Redick was a free agent in the offseason, and his future was up in the air as rumors swirled around the Sixers’ pursuit of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George. Quickly after LeBron signed with the Lakers, the Sixers re-signed Redick to a one-year, $12M deal. Redick later admitted in his podcast that he was hours away from signing with the Indiana Pacers before the Sixers changed their offer following LeBron’s decision. The Sixers are very fortunate that LeBron made such a quick decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, or else Redick would be in Indy and the Sixers would have been left scrambling to fill Redick’s role.
Areas of Improvement
Redick is entering his age-34 season. At this point in his career, he is what he is. It’s very unlikely that Redick will improve a ton on the defensive side of the ball or on his ball-handling skills. One area where Redick could improve, however, is late game situations.
That was the biggest shot of Redick’s season, possibly his career. If he makes that shot, the Sixers almost certainly win Game 5 and have a chance to force a Game 7 at home two nights later at the Wells Fargo Center. Instead, Redick left it short, the Celtics scored the next six points, and the Sixers season was over. Too often Redick missed these dagger shots that the Sixers rely on him to knock down.
Here, J.J. has a chance to get the Sixers a huge win on the road while they were battling for playoff position. Redick gets as open a look as he got all season and, once again, left it short. Redick is one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history. He has to knock these shots down.
Areas of Strength
Similar to improvement, this is pretty self-explanatory. J.J. is one of the best shooters in the NBA. He is very good moving off-ball and spacing the floor.
J.J. is very good moving off-ball and getting himself open. He forces defenders to always be aware of where he is. If a defender falls asleep Redick will free himself and get an open look. More often than not, he will make you pay.
2018-2019 Season Outlook
It seems that Brett Brown is going to bring J.J. off of the bench to start the season. I don’t think that is a wise decision. The spacing and gravity that Redick provides to the Sixers’ offense is too valuable for him to be coming off of the bench. It’s very clear that the Sixers are better with Redick on the floor. I would imagine that Redick is only brought off of the bench for a few games before Brown makes the switch and reinserts Redick into the starting lineup over Dario Saric or Markelle Fultz.
Redick will be essential to the Sixers’ success this season. Redick showed no signs of decline in preseason and looks primed to enjoy an even better season in his second year in Philadelphia. Redick will likely be his usual self throughout the regular season. Expect him to be among the league leaders in 3PM and FT%. However, Redick’s season will be defined by his performance in the playoffs. Last postseason, Redick shot just 35% from deep, despite shooting 42% during the regular season. J.J.’s shooting could very well be the difference between another second round flameout and a Finals appearance.
Editor’s Note: Beginning September 27 and continuing up until the start of the season, we will be profiling each member of the current 76ers’ roster. Be sure to check out our schedule below and hear what our writers expect from our Sixers players.
|September 27||Jonah Bolden||October 8||Wilson Chandler|
|September 29||Shake Milton||October 10||Robert Covington|
|September 30||Zhaire Smith||October 11||Dario Saric|
|October 1||Furkan Korkmaz||October 13||JJ Redick|
|October 3||Amir Johnson||October 14||Markelle Fultz|
|October 4||Mike Muscala||October 15||Ben Simmons|
|October 6||Landry Shamet||October 16||Joel Embiid|
|October 7||TJ McConnell|