We’ve been hearing for well over a year now that J.J. Redick was unhappy with the Orlando Magic. Hey J.J., you think you’re unhappy? Imagine how thrilled the Magic are to have you. I’m sure they love the fact that they spent the 11th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft on an undersized, unathletic, all-shoot/no-defense shooting guard, who can’t create his own shot, is injury-prone and bitches when he doesn’t get into games. Yeah, I’m sure they’re stoked they picked you over Ronnie Brewer, Rajon Rondo, Jordan Farmar and Sergio Rodriguez.
Anyway, back to the point. J.J. has been sitting on the bench for much of his two-plus years in the NBA because, well, he sucks. This offseason, the Magic signed Mickael Pietrus to a $23 million free-agent contract. They had Redick in-house and decided to spend a ton of dough to bring in a guy to start at shooting guard. Throw in the fact that Keith Bogans has been the team’s top reserve this season and rookie Courtney Lee has been playing well and that adds up to a formula that sees little J.J. sitting on the bench.
You’d figure that would humble Redick, but instead he’s been piping up about his lack of playing time and voicing his frustrations to the press, since that’s the surest way to endear yourself to the franchise that owns your rights. Redick lashed out about his relationship with coach Stan Van Gundy before Orlando’s Wednesday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Florida Today.
“We spoke the day of the Chicago game (Nov. 3) and haven’t spoken since. I’m trying to not read into things, but there’s not a whole lot to read into on this one. It looks like I’m in the same position that I’ve been in and that’s that.”
Let’s take a look inside the numbers and maybe find out why Van Gundy is looking for quality minutes elsewhere on his roster.
-In the two-plus years he’s been in the league, Redick has had the opportunity to play in 172 regular season games. He’s played in just 81. And has started 0.
-When he’s played he’s averaged 11.7 minutes per game, and 4.9 points per game. But those numbers dropped from 14.8 mpg in his first year to 9.2 this year and his scoring has dropped from 6.0 ppg in his rookie year to 0.4 this year.
-For his career, Redick is a 37.9 percent 3-point shooter and just a 40.9 percent shooter from the field.
-Redick, known for his shooting ability, also shot just 79.4 percent from the free throw line last season.
-He’s also averaged 0.7 assists and 0.5 turnovers per game for his NBA career.
-And finally, he has logged just 944 minutes over his entire career. At his current pace, Derek Rose will have logged more career minutes than Redick by the Bulls’ December 17th game against the Clippers.
So yeah, keep whining J.J., it’s incredibly entertaining.