That’s 5 more “Three Point Attempts” than J.J. Redick has “Games Played” this season.
First, let me just apologize in advance for the above picture. It’s obviously not from last night’s Magic game against the Cavs. You can find J.J. Redick filed, yet again, under the “DNP – Coaches Decision” in that box score. It’s just hard to find pics of J.J. Redick actually playing basketball in an Orlando Magic uniform, so I hope you’ll understand.
But yeah, the Magic were bombing ’em on Monday night: 14 of 32 from downtown for a 43.8% clip. They only shot 39.5% from the field, to give that a bit of perspective, but of course our Halo pwning poet pal, J.J., could only watch from the bench. I wish I could stop at the 32 to 27, three point attempts to games played ratio, but that wouldn’t serve this sweet, sweet irony justice. Let’s dig deeper:
1. The Magic attempted more 3 point shots last night than J.J. Redick has rebounds and assists on the season — combined; 2. The Magic made more 3 point shots last night than J.J. Redick has rebounds (13) and assists on the season (10); and 3. The Magic, and this one hurts, attempted more 3 point shots last night than J.J. Redick has attempted free throws this season. I mean, if that’s not a dagger in J.J.’s heart, then J.J. Redick simply has no heart. To make matters worse, J.J. is only 22 of 28 from the stripe. That’s roughly 78%, people. Can you say “rock bottom”?
As a disclaimer, despite how all this looks, let me just say that I’m not a Redick hater. I’m really not. In fact, while some of my cohorts (one in particular) would probably have left Redick passed out, face down in a Durham ditch during a flash flood (he really would have too…), I rather enjoyed watching J.J.’s success at Duke. That said, I’ll be the first to admit I was probably wrong about his NBA prospects.
Now I never said Reddick would be a perennial All-Star, or something bat-shit crazy like that, but I did maintain, vehemently, that he would be a solid contributor at the NBA level. As of right now, even that prediction is looking like it may fall the way of Decca Records’ 1962 rejection of The Beatles: “guitar groups are on the way out.” Yeah, bat-shit crazy.
J.J.’s got time though I suppose. Time to prove me right. Even the coach that apparently can’t stand to look down his bench and not see Redick’s snow white face staring back at him agrees. “He’s a hell of a player. . .People say, ‘Well, this is a lottery pick.’ Well, there’s a lot of lottery picks sitting on the bench. Jermaine O’Neal sat for six years, you know? And then became an All-Star.”
Well, Coach Van Gundy, Jermaine O’Neal didn’t spend 4 of those 6 years playing under Coach K at Duke now did he, which of course was probably a good thing for O’Neal’s pro prospects. Nevertheless, assuming Van Gundy is the soothsayer he claims to be, I guess we should expect Redick to be at All-Star Weekend circa 2012. I just hope he’s still in the league by then.