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Why J.J. Redick Is A Perfect Fit For The Process

© Bill Streicher - USA TODAY Sports

Signing J.J. Redick was quietly one of the best moves of the offseason.

J.J. Redick signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for $23 million, just about the amount he made in the past four years combined for the Los Angeles Clippers. While that may seem pricey for a 33-year-old shooting guard, the 76ers got a steal, as Redick fills a huge hole in their promising young roster. 

In today’s run-and-gun league, the 76ers struggled miserably at shooting the three. Last season, the 76ers finished 25th in the league in 3-point percentage, while attempting the seventh-most threes per game as well. That inefficiency from behind the arc and their inability to spread the floor allowed teams to crowd the paint, making it especially difficult for their star big man, Joel Embiid, to work inside.

SeasonGSFGMFGAFG%3PM3PA3P%FT%eFG%
2014-15785.712.0.4772.65.9.437.901.583
2015-16755.611.7.4803.06.1.475.888.593
2016-17785.111.4.4452.66.0.429.891.558


One of the premier 3-point specialists in the league, Redick finished sixth in the league in 3P% (of those who qualified), while hitting over 200 threes at the 42.9% mark, good for 10th-most this past season. Particularly from the corner, Redick is a sniper, averaging 49% from there over the past four seasons. He’s also only one year removed from his career season when he shot an incredible, league-leading 47.5% from three and blistering 55.2% from the corner.

Playing alongside Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, who are both expected to be terrific playmakers and whose games revolve around attacking the basket, Redick will have plenty of space to work with, and see a healthy dose of looks off kick-outs. The past three seasons, he has averaged having 95% of his three-pointers assisted on, a testament to his ability to knock down threes as a lethal catch-and-shoot marksman. With defenders scrambling to provide help defense on Fultz in transition, on Simmons attacking the basket with his 7-foot frame, or doubling Embiid in the post, Redick should see just as many open looks as he did on his former star-studded LA team. 


Defenses will finally have to respect the 76ers from behind the arc, as Redick will be a big improvement at two-guard over Gerald Henderson and Nik Stauskas, who shot 35.3% and 36.8% from beyond the arc, respectively. While those percentages aren’t horrible, they weren’t anything to make defenses worry (like they will with Redick). He will also take some outside shots away from the inefficient Robert Covington, who shot the worst percentage (33.3%) out of all 41 NBA players last season who attempted 360 threes last season. 

Redick will also draw defenders to shadow him or extend to chase him off the line. When that happens, Embiid will get more space inside, which will allow him to improve on his already impressive 28.7 points per 36 minutes that he posted last year with no room in the paint. Last season, the Clippers shot 4.6% better in eFG%, had 8.8% more shots assisted on, and their offensive rating as a team jumped 10.5 points with Redick on the floor versus their second best lineup — a testament to the better ball movement and efficiency he can bring to a team.

Redick won’t command touches and doesn’t need to dominate the ball to be effective; he’ll only make the game easier for Fultz and Simmons to run the offense and create plays by drilling shots off cuts, curls, and kick-outs — his bread and butter. Redick is a player who will seamlessly make everyone around him better.

As a bonus, aside from everything he will bring to the court, Redick is a role model and will bring a much-needed veteran presence to the young team. He’s been to the playoffs each of the past four years and knows what it takes to win, dating back to his historic career at Duke, where he led his team to three ACC championships in his four years there. Furthermore, while his contract is pricey this season, the 76ers are still well under the cap, with nearly $30 M left to continue the rebuild. With just a one-year contract, this gives the team flexibility with the roster, as well as financial flexibility for the future when the time comes to re-sign their star prospects. 

It’s been four years since Sam Hinkie began The Process, and with the way the offseason has folded to gut the East of its star-power, its looks like The Process may finally be over. 

Edited by Emily Berman, Coleman Gray.

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Who did Duke lose to in the 2004 Final Four?
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  1. Oklahoma State
  2. Georgia Tech
  3. North Carolina
  4. Connecticut

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