Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Remember when J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison shared the Sports Illustrated cover in 2006? One of them has become a valued reserve in the NBA; the other has been a complete bust.
My column today is on former Duke star J.J. Redick, who was once thought of as an NBA bust but has now morphed into a valuable reserve for the Orlando Magic.
Redick averages 9.6 points per game for the Magic and scored 10 -- including seven in the fourth quarter -- of Orlando's Game 1 victory over Charlotte Sunday.
I interviewed Redick in Orlando in the locker room postgame for this column. Up close, he still looks small for an NBA player (he's 6-4, 190 pounds) but more muscular than he used to be. Redick said that college hoops fans who haven't followed him in the pros might be surprised how little he gets his shots nowadays through "catch-and-shoot" three-pointers, which were his bread and butter at Duke.
"We just don't run much of that," Redick said. So he's had to become better scoring off the dribble, and he had to stop being a defensive liability, which he has done. As a result, he plays 22 minutes per game on one of the NBA's most talented teams.
Redick and Gonzaga's Adam Morrison were often linked during the 2006 college basketball season, as they were the best players and the top two scorers for most of that year. Morrison was drafted No.3 by the Charlotte Bobcats (Michael Jordan's call) and Redick No.11. Here's
Redick has turned out far better than Morrison, however, who has been a complete bust and has been on the bench basically his whole career (now for the L.A. Lakers).
Posted by Scott Fowler at 9:03 AM