after 15 seasons in the nba, shooting guard jj redick announced his retirement from the league in a video posted on social media today.
redick, not the previous one. Drafted 11th overall in 2006, he played for six teams in his NBA career and spent the last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 12.8 points in 940 regular-season games, and his 1,950 run from 3-point range ranks him 15th in NBA history in that category.
“I never would have imagined I’d play basketball this long,” Redick said in the latest episode of his podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” released Tuesday morning. “Coming into last season, I wanted it to be my last year, but I wasn’t sure how it would play out. I’d like to describe last season as a seven-month exercise in coming face to face with my own athletic mortality.
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“I have some clarity now. And I know it’s time It’s time for me to be a dad. It’s time to reflect, to pause, and it’s time to prepare for the next phase of my life.”
In a message posted on his instagram account, redick wrote the following:
“first team. last team very grateful for everything in between. Today, I am officially retiring from the game of basketball. thank you to everyone who was a part of my journey and career. I started playing basketball 30 years ago in my backyard on a rough patch of dirt, gravel, and grass. It was on that court that my dreams began to form. reality has far exceeded my dreams! so grateful for 15 years in the nba and all the amazing relationships and memories along the way.”
redick is duke’s all-time leading scorer, with 2,769 points in his college career. He also remains Duke’s all-time leader in 3-pointers by a wide margin with 457 and 91.2% free throw accuracy. Redick averaged 26.8 points (another Duke record) his senior year, en route to AP Player of the Year honors.
He was one of the best 3-point shooters of his era, hitting 200 or more 3-pointers four times in five seasons from 2014-19. He led the NBA with 47.5% shooting from long range during the 2015-16 season with the La Clippers.
appeared in the nba playoffs in each of his first 13 pro seasons, reached the nba finals with orlando in 2009 and had a career-high 40-point game for the clippers in an overtime win over houston in january. 18, 2016.
His best season overall came in 2018-19, when he posted 18.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.7 apg on 44% shooting overall and 39.7% shooting from 3-point range for the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season, Redick dealt with a nagging heel injury that limited him to 44 games, his lowest total since 2013-14, as he was traded from the Pelicans to the Mavs at the trade deadline. /p>
Injuries limited him to 44 games for the Pelicans and Mavericks last season, when he shot 37% (the second-lowest mark of his career) from 3-point range and averaged just 7.4 points, the first time he hasn’t been a double-digit scorer in over a decade.
congratulations to jj redick – amazing race! https://t.co/nnhwbdeasz pic.twitter.com/3bvb9bctma
— orlando magic (@orlandomagic) September 21, 2021
“It was difficult for a number of reasons,” Redick said. “being injured, being away from my family, covid protocols and really, really not living up to my standards. I’d like to describe last season as a seven-month exercise in coming face to face with my own athletic mortality, and it was terrifying and confusing.”
some teams asked about his availability for this season, redick said, and he told them he would wait before deciding if he wanted to play another year. And now, with training camps around the league starting next week, he has made his decision.
Congratulations on an amazing run, @jj_redick! honored to have played a small role 💙🤍
mav for life. #mffl https://t.co/kjuw7ln29t
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) September 21, 2021
Overall, Redick played for the Orlando Magic (2006-13), Milwaukee Bucks (2013), Clippers (2013-17), 76ers (2017-19), Pelicans (2019-21), and Mavericks (2021) in his nba career. He went from being a rotation player with the Magic to becoming a starter between 2013 and 2020 with the Clippers, 76ers and Pelicans.
In those seasons, he averaged 16.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg and shot 45.9% overall and 43% from 3-point range.
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