H: 6' 5"|
W: 190 lbs
(31 Years Old)
|RSCI: 12||Agent: Greg Lawrence |
High School: Cave Spring
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Drafted: Pick 11 in 2006 by Magic
Best Case: Michael Redd
Worst Case: Voshon Lenard
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2006||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 4"||6' 4.75"||190||6' 3.25"||8' 1.5"||7.0||27.5||33.0|
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2006||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 4"||6' 4.75"||190||6' 3.25"||8' 1.5"||7.0||27.5||33.0|
Overview: One of the purest shooters in the history of the college game who is slowly carving out a niche in the NBA. Has been knocked for his lack of athleticism since his college days. Not very big or physical for his position either. Elite shooter. Has improved in other areas, but remains limited due to his lack of prototypical physical tools. Former McDonaldís All-American. Had a simply tremendous four year career at Duke. Was a high level scorer from day one, but reached outstanding heights as a junior and really solidified his draft stock as a senior. Named the ACC Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons, winning most consensus national player of the year awards in his last season under Mike Krzyzewski. Set the NCAA record for career three-pointers made, showing an unparalleled level of confidence, consistency, and shooting touch. Garnered a selection in the lottery despite questions about his ability to translate his game to the next level. Hasnít proven to be the lights out NBA shooter than many had hoped he would become. Lack of efficiency inside the arc hurts him. Still a threat to spread the floor and has improved in small ways over his first few years.
Offense:Capable shooting specialist at this point, but not at the level that he once was. Gets almost half of his touches in catch and shoot situations, with jump shots accounting for virtually all of his offense. Very capable shooter when left open from the perimeter, but only a bit worse with a hand in his face. Always moving around the arc looking for daylight. Form still looks flawless. Not as dynamic on the move as he once was, having some issues hitting shots off balance against more athletic defenders. Inability to create ideal separation hurts him when he opts to pull up off the dribble too. Not a threat to do too much damage when he puts the ball on the floor, but has improved his ability to score around the rim since entering the League, though it doesnít always show in his stats. Awesome foul shooter, though he doesnít get to the line too often. Takes advantage of easy opportunities at the rim, having learned not to force things. Doesnít display the most impressive ball handling ability or passing, but isnít turnover prone either.
Defense: Had his moments in the 2009 playoffs by playing extremely active, but will remain a potentially exploitable match up since he has to play all-out to be effective. Lacks ideal lateral quickness and strength. Shows very good fundamentals and displays nice awareness off the ball. Doesnít possess the explosiveness or length to force many turnovers, but will get a hand up on shooters. Struggles in one-on-one situations, but works hard to fight through screens to stay with his man on the pick and roll. Will look to secure long rebounds. Not an ideal defensive option, though his effort level will help compensate for all of his shortcomings on a game-to-game basis.
Duke senior J.J. Redick failed a physical at the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando and will be out for an extended period with a back problem that may require surgery, according to a source with close NBA contacts.
A representative of Redickís agent, Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, returned a phone call from DraftExpress and read us the following statement made by Mr. Tellem: ďI am confident his draft status is anywhere from 7-14. You can take that to the bank.Ē When asked whether Tellem is denying or confirming the rumors about Redickís alleged back problem, the representative said that is all Arn Tellem has to say about the back issue.
A Wasserman Media Group official later denied that there are issues that might lead Redick to conduct surgery and sit out for four months. That official was not willing to deny any reports about complications with his back that may have come up during his examination in Orlando.
According to various national media reports, Redick recently cancelled a Wednesday workout with Orlando and a Saturday workout with Boston, citing a ďsore back.Ē Redick was arrested Tuesday on charges of drunken driving, and according to one source, his infraction may have been a direct response to frustration over his possible health issues.
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Jonathan Givony: How did you prepare yourself for the draft? Anything special you worked on that you didnít do during the season?
J.J. Redick: No, not really. I think that what I did during the season was pretty effective. I didnít really have to change anything. Iíve been out in LA with Brandon [Roy] and Shelden [Williams], Matt Haryasz, working out with one of Arnís guys twice a day. Couple of weeks ago we started workouts so we all kind of just dispersed.
Jonathan Givony: What about private workouts? What have they asked you to do there? It seems like shooting drills would be kind of pointless.
J.J. Redick: I think they asked me to do the same thing everyone else what asked to do. Obviously teams are looking at my defense, and whether or not I can score off the dribble.
Jonathan Givony: How do you think youíve done so far?
J.J. Redick: I think I did as well as I did during the season. Been pretty successful. I know that I have a lot of doubters out there and I am cool with that. I kind of just want to get this month over with so I can start playing ball.
Jonathan Givony: If it were up to you, would the NBA draft be like the WNBA draft, where itís two days after the NCAA championship game?
J.J. Redick: No, no. The menís game is so different. I think there needs to be a longer evaluation period. The other big difference is the pay. Teams are making a big investment in us, hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars, so there needs to be an evaluation period. They could probably tweak a couple of things, but itís worked for so long.
Jonathan Givony: How many workouts have you done so far?
J.J. Redick: Iíve done four so far. I have four or five more scheduled I think.
Jonathan Givony: What teams?
J.J. Redick: Golden State, Utah, Seattle and Houston.
Jonathan Givony: What do you see your range being?
J.J. Redick: I kind of just listen to my agent. I donít really get caught up in what other people are saying about my range. We feel good about a few teams, from Boston to Houston to Utah. A few teams in there. And then there are probably a few teams that would like me. Wherever I end up, I just hope itís a good situation.
Jonathan Givony: Thereís been a lot of talk recently about the pre-draft camp and how itís set up. If it were up to you, and everyone would play in the pre-draft campÖwould you prefer it that way where you can really go out and show what you can do with all these guys in the room, or do you prefer it this way with all the dodging, posturing, maneuvering and all that stuff?
J.J. Redick: I donít really think the pre-draft camp, the five on five portion, is necessary. Especially since most of the guys that end up there are four year college players, or guys that played in college. If youíre coming from high school chances are youíre not going to go to the pre-draft camp. Teams have so much scouting tape or have seen these guys in personÖa GM or scout was at every single one of my games over the past four years. So whatís the point of me playing in five on five after that?
Jonathan Givony: Well you have a guy like Chris Duhon, or Daniel Ewing, or even Sean Dockery who was great in Portsmouth. It really didnít seem like we had a chance to see everything he could do in his four years in college, maybe because of the system or whateverÖ
J.J. Redick: I think itís good for certain guys. It probably helps them more so than a two on two setting. You also have to figure that guys are being put in situations where they are unfamiliar with their teammates and all that stuff. Some guys are just naturally unselfish.
Jonathan Givony: Well thank you J.J. Good luck in the next few weeks.
]Even J.J. Redickís worst enemies couldnít have drawn up a more terrible way for him to finish off his college career. Thanks to an outstanding LSU gameplan whose sole purpose in this game defensively appeared to be shutting him down, Redick came up flat at the worst time possible for him and his team.
From the very start it looked like it was going to be a rough night for Dukeís All-American guard. LSU small forward Garrett Temple forced him to put the ball on the floor time after time by absolutely draping him with his length, and Redick fell hook line and sinker for their plan and exposed all of his weaknesses by forcing his way into the lane time after time. It seemed like every time Redick touched the ball he either traveled, had the ball stripped, or when he did manage to get into the paint forced up a weak lay-up that rimmed out or had the ball swatted away by LSUís gangly frontline. The Tigers threw multiple defenders at him off every single curl, trapped him once he got the ball in his hands and absolutely smothered him with their length every time he touched the ball. The biggest question marks Redickís detractors have about his game, specifically his lack of explosiveness and ball-handling skills, were all exposed as major potential problems for him at the next level.
The question now is how bad can one game hurt a four year playerís stock? The timing of this performance was horrendous considering the stage and way it will be the last impression scouts and GMs will have of him before he begins private workouts, but itís almost impossible to imagine an NBA team deciding to guard him the way LSU did tonight without committing absolute suicide by exposing themselves to the wrath of his 4 teammates out on the floor. What is unfortunate is the way he lost his composure in very un-Redick-like fashion. Instead of maintaining his poise and continuing to move the ball around to his teammates until something opened up, Redick fell right into their hands by forcing the issue time after time. The fact that no one else on his team besides Shelden Williams could hit a shot did not help matters much, but weíve seen teams with comparable athletes try to defend him this way before and the results were nowhere near the same.
This one game will likely end up hurting his stock just as much as his numerous 40+ point performances helped, but at the end of the day things could turn out well for him since that would probably just mean falling to a better team in the draft that wonít have to rely on him exclusively the way Duke did tonight.
While Redickís numbers may not jump out at you, it was the things that donít show up in the box score that landed him a spot in the ďStock UpĒ column. The Duke seniorís leadership, clutch play, and ability to be a constant threat no matter where he is on the floor were essential in the Blue Devilsí victory Saturday over George Washington.
Throughout the entire game, the sharp shooter was face guarded by a Colonial defender, essentially making it a game of four on four. Teammates Shelden Williams and Josh McRoberts benefited greatly from this, as they only had one man guarding them in the post instead of the usual double team. Redick displayed amazing footwork coming off screens, forcing opposing defenders to stay right on his hip the entire time chasing him through screens. Once he had the ball in his hands, J.J. made some very sound decisions and showed that his ball handling is improving each and every time we see him step out on the floor. He attacked his man off the dribble on more than one occasion and pulled up from mid-range soundly using some very smooth looking offensive moves. Moving off the ball in his trademark fashion, he even showed some athleticism getting up for a very nice reverse lay-up at one point.
This was just another step in J.J.ís journey of leading Duke to a national championship. As long as he is able to keep this type of play up, we will surely be hearing his name in the lottery when June rolls around.
One of the most dangerous offensive threats the college game has seen in quite some time, J.J. Redick has mastered the art of putting the ball in the basket and has been rewarded by shattering countless team, conference and NCAA records in his four years of college.
Redick became known on the national scene first and foremost for his perimeter stroke, despite the fact that there is now more to his game than just that. He is legitimately one of the best shooters the college game has ever seen. Redickís mechanics are perfect, and absolutely identical every time; starting with his outstanding footwork, the way he squares his shoulders and balances himself instantaneously, the lift he gets on his jump shot, the incredible quickness of his release, and the beautiful follow through he puts on his shot every single time. There is absolutely no way to become the type of shooter he has developed into without putting countless hours of hard work based on pure repetition and understanding the physics of what effective 3-point shooting is based on. This will translate into well over 450 3-pointers made by the time Redick is done at Duke, tops in NCAA history. Redick is not only a volume shooter, heís also deadly accurate, shooting around 41% from behind the arc for his career at Duke despite being one of the most closely guarded players in the country for much of that time. His range extends well beyond the 3-point line without losing much of its accuracy, showing the ability to nail some incredibly contested shots from 28 feet or more without changing his mechanics one bit.
Itís not just his mechanics and range that make him so dangerous, but also the effort he puts in to utilize them that has made him so prolific in his NCAA career. Redickís off the ball movement is a thing of beauty. He is one of the tougher players to guard in the NCAA not just because of his outstanding skill level, but also because of how hard he makes his defenders work to defend him. Heís constantly in motion moving off the ball, working the entire 25 foot radius around his basket from sideline to sideline which constitutes the shooting range in which he is virtually automatic with his feet set and an inch of space. He has worked extremely hard on his conditioning level, and is now able to run endlessly around the floor for 37 minutes per game on average without tiring. He uses screens incredibly well (much like Reggie Miller or Rip Hamilton) and understands the right angles to take, the sharp cuts he needs to make and having the perfect timing to execute the plays run for him to perfection to free himself up. His specialty is coming off a screen on the baseline, catching the ball from behind the left part of the 3-point line, leaping in the air and turning towards the basket simultaneously while releasing and swishing his shot in one fluid motion. Redick is just an extremely intelligent player who understands the game and has figured out how to maximize his time within it.
Beyond just being a threat from behind the 3-point line, Redick has also mastered the art of the mid-range shot which compliments his outside shooting proficiency so well. Because it takes him such little space and time to get his deadly shot off, heís guarded about as closely as anyone in the NCAA, usually being the focal point of the opposing teamís defense. What Redick will do to counter that is use an impressive arsenal of head, shot and body fakes (which obviously have a ton of credibility) to get his man off-balance and drive right by him. He then is able to stop on a dime, elevate quickly while fading away left, right, backwards, forwards or straight up to knock down the mid-range jumper from anywhere inside the arc. This part of his game has become a deadly part of his arsenal in his senior year, to the point that he has to rely on his outside shot only for about half of his field goal attempts, as opposed to nearly 2/3rds of the time as a freshman or sophomore. His ball-handling has improved enough he can make his way to the basket effectively without much trouble, either to finish himself with a nifty layup off the glass or find the open man on the drive and dish if the paint is too crowded for his liking. In his senior year Redick is shooting an outstanding 50% from the field and 43.4% of his outside shots at the time of this report.
To back up just how much more versatile Redickís offense has become, he gets to the free throw line almost 8 times per game, compared with just 3.3 times as a freshman and 4.0 as a sophomore. For comparisonís sake, uber-athlete Rodney Carney goes to the line 3.5 times per game, Brandon Rush is there 2.25 times, and similarly sized Randy Foye is there 5 times per.
Once he gets to the free throw line, Redick is about as close to automatic as you can get. He will likely finish as the all-time best free throw shooter in NCAA history if he continues at his current pace. At the time of this report (March 1) he was still on track to break Gary Buchananís record of 91.3%, with Redick sporting a 92% average himself. His effectiveness from the line has dropped a bit this season as the minutes and attempts have piled up, but at 88% heís still world-class.
Redick is a pretty good passer, generally being an unselfish player who knows his limitations and understands his teammatesí strengths enough to not abuse his offense. He doesnít make many mistakes and has shown the willingness and ability to make the extra pass and coexist within a highly structured offense. You will rarely see him take a bad shot, or at least one that he is not capable of making more often than not.
In terms of intangibles, you know what you are going to get every night with Redick, and that is maximum effort and consistency. Heís scored 18 or more points a game in all but two games this season so far, and has put up 30 or more in half of his games, hitting 40+ three times on the way. He has an outstanding work ethic and by all accounts appears to be an excellent teammate both on and off the floor. His leadership skills look very strong, leading by example with the impressive way he carries himself, but also not being afraid to get on his younger teammates when they donít execute. Redick is a clutch player who wants the ball in his hands at the end of games, and his shown absolutely no fear of taking the last shot with the clock running down.
He shows some veteran savvy that will work well for him once his credibility is established with NBA refs, already using the Reggie Miller trademarked scissor kick leg action to draw fouls when heís being heavily contested. He is usually the most intense player on the floor, playing the game with a ton of passion, but not letting this allow him to get out of control and lose his focus for getting the win. No player in the NCAA has been more abused in his career both by opposing fans and players who try to get under his skin with insults and cheap shots, but Redick has the mental toughness to not let any of this phase him.
He plays for who many consider to be the best coach in the NCAA in Mike Krzyzewski, at one of the top programs in the country at Duke. During his four years in college heís garnered as much experience winning games and playing in pressure situations as a player conceivably can in an NCAA career.
Most of Redickís weaknesses revolve around the characteristics that are usually expected from prototypical shooting guards in the NBA, and the fact that players in his mold have seen limited success in the NBA over the past 10 years or more.
First would be his size. At 6-4, Redick is below average for an NBA shooting guard. In todayís NBA we find very few starting caliber 2-guards at his height, and even those are usually players with superior athleticism compared with what Redick displays at the moment. His wingspan does not make up for his lack of height either.
Second would be his athletic ability. Despite not being a poor athlete, Redick does not fit your typical mold of extremely quick and explosive shooting guards who are able to blow by their man at will and get up and dunk in the face of 7-footers with authority. His footspeed is just average, as is his leaping ability, and therefore there will be questions he will have to answer about his ability to translate his incredible scoring ability to the NBA where defenders are generally bigger, stronger, longer and quite a bit more athletic than the players he usually goes up against in the NCAA. Redick is not a player who needs much space, if any, to get his shot off effectively. Still, there will be people along the road who look at his average physical attributes, skin color and the lack of similar players with his characteristics and doubt how successful he will be at what he does once he reaches the NBA level.
Being a good, but not a great ball-handler, Redick is not a player who can create his own shot at will without some help from his teammates and a smart coachís game plan, and therefore might not be able to fit seamlessly into any NBA system. The team that drafts him will need to take advantage of his strengths and be prepared to do what it takes to mask his weaknesses, which means calling plays for him to make sure he gets involved, ideally as a 2nd or 3rd option offensively. A stubborn coach who does not realize what a weapon he has on his hands and is foolish enough to not make the proper adjustments to utilize them would be a clear recipe for disaster both for him and his team. Redick would be greatly aided by playing with either an excellent point guard who can penetrate the lane, force the defense to collapse and kick the ball out to him in a position to use his outstanding stroke and/or a back to the basket big man who draws double-teams and is able to pass out of them to find the open man after the defense shifts.
One part of his game where his weaknesses will almost surely be exposed is on the defensive end. Redick is just an average defender at the NCAA level already, and this is an area where things can only get worse in the NBA. His lack of height likely means that many 6-7 shooting guards will be able to just elevate over the top of him to get their shot off, while his lack of lateral quickness could make it tough for him to stay in front of his man. In the fairly rare occasion that a taller and stronger player decides to post him up on the block, Redickís relative lack of bulk can be taken advantage of.
Fantasy basketball lovers beware, Redick is not a stat stuffer, averaging just 2 rebounds, a decent 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals. Itís his scoring that makes him the prospect he is.
Redick plays in the ACC, widely considered one of the best conferences in America throughout his 4 years of play here. He was a starter from day one at Duke, averaging 15 points as a freshman in 30 minutes per game next to current NBA players Chris Duhon and Dahntay Jones. His team made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament that year, but Redick came up flat in their loss to eventual finalists Kansas with a 2-16 shooting performance. As a sophomore his team made the Final Four before losing to eventual champions UConn (led by Emeka Okafor), with Redick averaging 16 points per game in 31 minutes per game that season. In his junior year Redick became a national star, averaging 22 points per game, being named a first team All-American but again coming up short in the NCAA tournament with a loss in the Sweet 16 to eventual final four participants Michigan State. Redick was clearly gassed from the long season and had a very poor tournament by his standards, shooting 10/38 from the field and 6-24 from behind the arc in three games. As a senior, Redick has upped his scoring averages considerably to an impressive 28 points per game at the time of this report on 50% shooting from the field, putting him neck and neck all season long for the NCAA scoring crown with Adam Morrison. His team is widely considered strong candidates to make the Final Four once again after only losing one game so far this season.
As a high school player, Redick was highly regarded, winning Virginiaís Mr. Basketball award and being named to the McDonaldís All-American game, where he won MVP honors.
Redick did everything humanly possible during the regular season to position himself to be selected in the lottery of the 2006 NBA draft. A poor showing in March (he already come up short in the past here) muddied the waters quite a bit, though, confirming many of the concerns many already had about him.
Private workouts is not a place where Redick stands a lot to gain considering the emphasis that is put on one-on-one play, defense and athletic testing, so expect him to pick and choose which ones to show up for and who to go up against.
At the end of the day, look for him to land somewhere in the 7-17 range of the draft.
Played for the US national team as a junior in the 2003 Men's Junior World Championship team in Greece. In 2005, Redick was invited to the USA Men's U21 World Championship Team in Argentina. Neither the US or Redick fared very well in either tournament, especially finishing in fourth in Argentina despite sending a team of legit college superstars.