JJ Redick provides the most coveted offensive skill a role-player can have in the NBA - he's a catch-and-shoot sniper from behind the arc. There's not a single team in the NBA that wouldn't get better with having JJ on their team. You can never have too many shooters. But, the Pelicans didn't bring him in just for shooting. At age 35, JJ can provide leadership to one of the youngest rosters in the NBA.
The difference is, while JJ's mentors were teaching him about how to manage his money and work hard, what's the best way to practice and work out, JJ's having different challenges. He's dealing with Fortnite and Instagram. On the latest episode of his podcast, JJ shared his view on why players don't mirror older, successful veterans in their approach to the game.
”There's just too much stuff going on. There's too many people in your ear. There's not enough time in the day probably for some guys. They got Fortnite to go to. They gotta worry about getting a fit off for pregame. This is an issue. There's more guys concerned with getting a pregame fit on Instagram than they are worrying about the win or loss of a basketball game.”
JJ Redick, the JJ Redick podcast
Redick could think of two guys that were eager to learn from him, try his routine, and stayed dedicated to it. Landy Shamet while he was in Philly and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in New Orleans. Redick said he believes in Nickeil precisely because he's not been getting consistent minutes as a rookie, but is persistent in learning and working hard.
JJ told a similar story on the Lowe Post recently. Zach Lowe aked him about how open he is about letting other players work out with him and see how he does things. Redick said he never turned a player down, would tell them which gym to show up to, and while many asked and agreed, no-one ever showed up.
In the end, the work shows on the court. Shamet and Alexander-Walker types will have long, successful careers. Others can start a Fortnite team.