JJ Redick announced his retirement today, after 15 years of playing in the NBA. A prolific shooter, JJ had a lot of memorable moments in his career. Here are the top 5 that came to mind when we heard Redick already played his last NBA game.
5. Making the All-Star 3 point shootout in 2015 and 2016
Redick was never selected to play in the All-Star game, but he was invited countless times to participate in the 3-point shootout contest. He may not have won the award, but to be fair, JJ was up against absolute killers such as the Splash Brothers, James Harden, Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving, and Devin Booker. As a shooter, being invited to the 3-point shootout in the All-Star game in consecutive years meant the league and the fans were taking notice of his performance.
4. Dallas Mavericks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers May 2021
JJ scored only six points and made 2 out of 6 attempts from the 3-point line. There was nothing spectacular in the game, but it turned out to have special meaning to his career. This game against the Cavaliers was the last time the shooter made a 3-point shot in the NBA, stopping the count at 1,950, which was good for 15th place in the all-time list. Making 1,950 3-point shots in 15 seasons with only 940 games played was not an easy feat. It showed consistency and efficiency on the part of Redick.
3. Game-winning buzzer-beater against the Portland Trail Blazers
In March 2016, with the score tied at 94 apiece, the Los Angeles Clippers had one chance to put the game away with 1.1 seconds remaining. Chris Paul was tasked to inbound the ball. Redick received the pass of the screen and shot it over the outstretched arms of CJ McCollum. The ball found nothing but the bottom of the net. It was a win or overtime scenario, and Redick sent the Trail Blazers packing.
2. NBA finals 2009 against the Los Angeles Lakers
Redick made the Finals once when the Orlando Magic beat the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the NBA finals. However, the Lakers led by Kobe and Pau would win that series. At just 24 years old, JJ did well in his first NBA finals. He averaged 5.5 points and shot 45.5 percent beyond the arc. Having finals experience at such a young age benefitted his career because he was someone who had been there and faced pressure at the highest level.
1. Career-high 40 points against the Houston Rockets
Any game that a player records a career-high will always be extra special. Redick scored 40 points, his best all-time in the NBA, against the Rockets in January 2016. In this game, the former Duke Blue Devils star displayed his full offensive arsenal. Redick drained 3s, scored on jumpers, sank free throws, and made layups. Redick finished the game with nine 3-pointers, the most he made in a game in the NBA. As someone who was never the team’s primary offensive threat, erupting for 40 points does not happen often. It was a special night for a special role player like Redick. You can see the barrage of 3s he unleashed on the game highlights below.