t’s time’: After 15 NBA seasons, guard JJ Redick retires.
J.J. Redick, the sharpshooter who was named The Associated Press collegiate player of the year at Duke before going on to play in the NBA for 15 seasons, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Redick, 37, has played for six NBA teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, and Dallas Mavericks.
In 940 regular-season games, he averaged 12.8 points per game, and his 1,950 career 3-pointers put him 15th in NBA history.
“When I was seven years old, I dreamt of playing at Duke when I grew up. On his podcast “The Old Man and the Three,” Redick stated, “I dreamt of playing in the NBA.” “Basketball has exceeded my greatest expectations over the past 30 years.
I never thought I’d be able to play basketball for as long as I have. I’m retiring from the game I love after years of youth leagues, AAU, high school basketball, four years at Duke, and 15 years in the NBA.”
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With 2,769 points in his collegiate career, Redick is Duke’s all-time top scorer.
He’s also the all-time leader in 3-pointers with 457 and free-throw accuracy with 91.2 percent for Duke.
As a senior, Redick averaged 26.8 points per game, a Duke record, on route to the AP Player of the Year award, before being chosen 11th overall in the 2006 NBA draught by Orlando.
He made the NBA playoffs in each of his first 13 pro seasons, reaching the NBA Finals with Orlando in 2009,
and scoring a career-high 40 points in an overtime victory against Houston on Jan. 18, 2016.
Injuries restricted him to 44 games for the Pelicans and Mavericks last season,
during which he shot 37 percent from 3-point range, the second-lowest figure of his career,
and averaged just 7.4 points, his lowest scoring average in more than a decade.
“It was challenging for a variety of reasons,” Redick said. “Being hurt, being away from my family, COVID procedures,
and not living up to my expectations. I’d like to characterize last season as a seven-month exercise in confronting my own athletic mortality, which was both frightening and perplexing.”
Redick stated that several clubs asked about his availability for this season,
and he informed them that he would wait before choosing whether or not to play another season.
He’s made his decision immediately, with training camps across the league starting next week.
Redick stated, “I have some clarity now and I know it’s time.”
“It’s time for me to become a father.” It’s time for me to reflect, take a breather, and prepare for the next stage of my life.”
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