2013-14 PLAYER CAPSULES: J.J. REDICK

Over the next few weeks, Clippers.com will take a look back the 2013-14 season for each member of the Clippers’ roster and look forward to the offseason and what may be in store for 2014-15. The first in our series of player capsules is shooting guard J.J. Redick.

Key Numbers:

47

Games missed during the regular season, including 21 due to a broken hand and partially torn ligament in his wrist and 25 due to a bulging disc in his lower back.

6

Years in a row Redick has topped his career high in points per game. He averaged 15.2 points in 35 games (34 starts) in 2013-14, his first season starting more than 22 games.

47.0

Percent from 3-point range in the first quarter. Redick was sixth in the NBA in 3-point percentage in the first quarter among players with at least 60 attempts. He was also ranked 18th in first-quarter scoring (5.9 points per game).

Season Synopsis:

The argument could be made that Redick, who was acquired in a three-team trade last summer, was one of the most important pieces of the Clippers’ season. They were 24-10 in games Redick started and 14-6 when he started alongside Chris Paul. In a way, the record is quite representative of his first season in Los Angeles. When Redick played the Clippers were arguably the most dynamic offense in the league. He spaced the floor, provided action off the ball, was a solid defender, passer and as Doc Rivers said numerous times was both one of the team’s toughest players and its ultimate competitor. The downside is that Redick played so few games.

He was beset by injuries. He said the fall after being undercut by DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento on Nov. 29 likely contributed to the back injury he suffered through in the final two months of the season. And that’s what Redick’s 2013-14 season will be remembered for most: his injuries and his return from injuries. He played all 13 games in the postseason after at one point thinking he may not play again until the training camp. He had three standout games, including going 7-for-10 from the field in Game 2 against the Thunder, and had 16 points in each of the final two games of the Playoffs. 

Highlight moment:

With 34 seconds left on Jan. 15, Redick converted a step-back 3-pointer to cut the once 17-point Dallas Mavericks lead to one. The shot was Redick’s seventh 3-pointer of the game and capped off a career-best 33-point night. It also was part of a wild 17-point come-from-behind win by the Clippers, who trailed 123-106 with 4:48 to go.

Prognosis:

Getting healthy over the summer will be a priority for Redick. He will spend a portion of the summer in Austin, TX, where he has an offseason home, and once his workout regimen begins it will last six days per week with one day off. Redick typically goes through more than just on-court work as well, going through yoga, Pilates and various other techniques to improve flexibility and core strength. Redick called the injuries during his first season with the Clippers “beyond frustrating.” The start of training camp in October will be the first step in erasing that feeling.