Veteran guard JJ Redick formally announced the end of his 15-year NBA career on Monday, September 20 (Tuesday, September 21, Manila time), per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 37-year-old sharpshooter last played for the Dallas Mavericks after being traded from the New Orleans Pelicans, and averaged 7.4 points on 40% shooting and 37% from three in 16.4 minutes spread across 44 appearances.
“I would like to describe last season as a seven-month exercise in coming face to face with my own athletic mortality,” Redick said in his podcast The Old Man and The Three.
“I know it’s time. It’s time for me to be a dad. It’s time for me to get ready for the next phase of my life.”
In what would be his final season in the NBA, Redick split time between the Pelicans and Mavericks, and fought through injuries and health protocols, which led to his worst scoring average since his third year in the league.
In his last season playing at full health, he averaged 15.3 points in 36 out of 60 games off the bench for the Pelicans, but failed to clinch the playoffs, thus snapping a 13-year streak of postseason appearances.
Redick retires as one of the greatest players in US NCAA history. Although he never won a title, he was named the consensus National Player of the Year in 2006, where he averaged 26.8 points on 47% shooting and 42% from deep for the Duke Blue Devils.
Right after his sensational senior season, his jersey No. 4 was retired by the school’s decorated basketball program after he was selected 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2006 NBA draft.
Redick spent seven seasons with Orlando, which included an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, four years with the Los Angeles Clippers, two with the Philadelphia 76ers, two with the Pelicans, and one each with the Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks. – Rappler.com