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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Chronicles of Redick, Part III

David Thorpe's breathless praise of J.J. Redick's play caught my eye and upon further review I respectfully disagreed with Thorpe's conclusion that Redick will one day start for a playoff team. The five game Pepsi Summer League is over and Redick made the All-League First Team, along with New Jersey's Marcus Williams, Chicago's Tyrus Thomas, Chicago's Thabo Sefolosha and Orlando's Marcin Gortat. You only need a quick glance at those names--and the names of the players who earned Second Team or Honorable Mention recognition--to realize that there is a good chance that none of them will be starters in the regular season. Redick led the Pepsi League in scoring (19.8 ppg) but he shot just .400 from the field (30-75), including .357 (10-28) from three point range. He averaged 3.8 apg and 3.0 rpg. In Orlando's final two games he scored 13 points on 4-15 shooting in an 88-72 win over Chicago and then he had 15 points on 5-16 shooting in a 63-57 loss to Miami. Redick shot 5-9 from the field in the first half against Miami before going scoreless on 0-7 shooting in the second half.

Look for Chronicles of Redick, Part IV about midway through the season when Redick is anchored firmly to Orlando's bench.

posted by David Friedman @ 5:34 PM

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