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LA Clippers news: J.J. Redick is the key ingredient

By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA (AAAA3626) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

J.J. Redick signed a four-year contract with the Clippers this past summer.  The former Duke Blue Devil has always been known as a pure shooter but  he is on pace for a career year and might just be the missing piece the Clippers needed to get an NBA Championship.

Redick is the third leading scorer on the Clippers this season, averaging 16  points per game.  This is a career best for Redick considering his best points per game average over his seven year career is 15.1 while with the Orlando Magic in 2012-2013 season.

He is shooting .441% from the field and .359% from 3pt range.  Between Redick and Jamal Crawford the Clippers shooting guard position is averaging 31.2 points per game.  

The big names of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin make the headlines but its players like Redick that take teams to the next level.  During the six championships Michael Jordan the Chicago Bulls experienced, it was John Paxson and Steve Kerr who provided clutch shots in key moments from the shooting guard position.

Interestingly Redick contributes a win share per 48 minutes of .159 which is just 0.10 behind Griffin for third on the Clippers.  Even though Crawford averages 1.1 points per game less than Redick, his win share per 48 minutes is 0.80.  The key to this difference is the fact that Redick turns the ball over twice as less than Crawford.

Redick is not the most athletic player on the court.  But he adds great value to the Clippers with his low turnover rate of 1.2 turnovers per game, which is lowest on the team.  Another important aspect of Redick’s game is his ability to score from the perimeter and shoot for a high percentage from the field and free throw line.  This is important because it allows for the Clippers defense to get set and limits the transition points from their opponent.

It is still early in the season but at this pace Redick is headed for a career year.  If he keeps this up look for the Clippers to be atop of the Pacific West Division and possibly make a deep run in the playoffs.  

 

 

 

 

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Robert Ekberg

Rob hails from Southern California and has an MBA and a healthy thirst for analytics. He possesses an undying passion for West Coast sports and is the resident guru on all things MLB. Follow him on Twitter @Robek24.