JJ Redick, the sniper who was The Associated Press’s College Player of the Year at Duke before embarking on a 15-season NBA career, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Redick, 37, has played with six NBA teams: Orlando, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Dallas. He averaged 12.8 points in 940 regular season games, and his career of 1,950 points from 3 points ranks him 15th in NBA history in this category.
“As a 7 year old boy, I dreamed of playing Duke as I got older. I dreamed of playing in the NBA, ”Redick said on his“ The Old Man and the Three ”podcast. “The last 30 years of basketball have been beyond my wildest dreams. I could never have imagined that I would have played basketball for so long. After years of youth leagues, AAU, high school basketball, four years at Duke and 15 years in the NBA, I am retiring from the game I love so much. “
Redick is Duke’s all-time leading scorer, scoring 2,769 points during his college career. He also remains Duke’s all-time 3-point leader by a wide margin with 457 and a free-throw accuracy of 91.2%. Redick was averaging 26.8 points – another Duke record – as a senior, en route to AP Player of the Year, before being selected with Orlando’s 11th pick in the Draft. NBA in 2006.
He made the NBA Playoffs in each of his first 13 professional seasons, reached the NBA Finals with Orlando in 2009, and won a record-breaking 40-point game for the Clippers in an overtime victory over Houston January 18, 2016.
Injuries limited him to 44 games for the Pelicans and Mavericks last season, when he shot 37% – the second lowest score of his career – from a 3-point range and only earned averaged only 7.4 points, the first time he was not a double. number marker for over a decade.
“It was difficult for a number of reasons,” Redick said. “Being injured, being away from my family, COVID protocols and really, really falling short of my standards. I would like to describe last season as a seven month exercise to deal with my own sports mortality, and it was scary and confusing.
Some teams have inquired 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’s made his choice.
“I have some clarity now and I know it’s about time,” Redick said. “It’s time for me to be a dad. It’s time for me to reflect, to take a break, and it’s time for me to prepare for the next phase of my life.
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