Philadelphia 76ers’ biggest February beneficiary: J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick, Tobias Harris | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
J.J. Redick, Tobias Harris | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Despite an immensely small sample size, the five Feburary acquisitions have logged at least 10 minutes throughout at least three games for the Philadelphia 76ers. J.J. Redick, playing a career high 31.2 minutes per game, is one of the beneficiaries positively affected by the roster renovations.

J.J. Redick, the 34-year-old guard, almost perfectly embodies the cliché of aging like fine wine. While Redick’s production with the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic alike was serviceable, he is thriving within the Philadelphia 76ers‘ system.

For reference, Redick is scoring an average of 18.6 points per game on 13.7 field goal attempts, both marking a career high. Likewise, of Redick’s 13 seasons, he is averaging career highs this season in field goals made and three-pointers made, field goals attempted and three-pointers attempted, and both free throws made and free throws attempted.

Redick’s 50.2 percent mid-range field goal percentage is fifth best in the league among players attempting at least three mid-range field goals per game. This season Redick is shooting 63.6 percent on left corner three-point attempts, sixth best among players attempting at least 0.4 left corner three-point attempts per game. Redick, logging 88.0 percent of his 1683 minutes this season at the shooting guard position, is shooting 43.3 percent on catch and shoot three-point opportunities and 40.9 percent on mid-range tries.

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Although Redick’s three-point percentage decreases by 8.8 percent on pull-up opportunities compared to catch and shoot, his two-point field goal percentage increases by 12.9 percent on pull-up tries. Redick’s 4.3 wins added estimate this season is greater than that of Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier combined.

Similarly, his 130.4 estimated value added is tied with Khris Middleton and higher than the likes of Gordon Hayward and Draymond Green. Additionally, Redick has the highest true shooting percentage among qualified shooting guards within the Eastern Conference, also good for third in the league.

Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers’ offense features an abundance of screen setting, which heavily favors Redick. Just a few inches of separation is enough for Redick to release a three-point attempt, and not many defenders can swiftly hedge a screen set by the 7-foot, 250 pound Joel Embiid.

Though the Sixers’ starting five of Ben Simmons, Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid has only appeared together in four games, they have amassed the second most points, place 10th in most three-pointers made and attempted, fifth in most field goals attempted, successfully sunk the most free throws also and attempted the most, dished out the sixth most assists, and generated the highest plus/minus by almost 5.0.  Redick is second behind Embiid in field goal attempts this season (13.7),  7.9 of which are three pointers.

In the month of February Redick played an average of 32.5 minutes per game, and shot over 50.0 percent from the field. Despite shooting less than his average of 7.9 three-point attempts per game in all four affairs, he made at least two baskets a game outside of the perimeter, translating to a 55.6 percent three-point percentage. Redick took a trip to the charity stripe 18 times, which is his second most in a span of four games all season.

His February field goal percentage equates to 55.1 percent and he shot over 60.0 percent from the field in two of the four games. He scored 34 points Friday, Feb. 8 against the Denver Nuggets, a season high in points scored. Redick currently has the second highest three-point attempt rate on a team that ranks 14th in the league in three-point attempt rate.

The Sixers rank third in assists per game, and the addition of Tobias Harris (a career high 3.5 assists with Philadelphia), and both James Ennis and Jonathon Simmons (1.3 assists each with Philadelphia)  can do nothing but help improve their offensive efficiency.

Boban Marjanovic totaled an average of seven points per game with Philadelphia and Harris’ 17.8 points warrants defensive attention. Redick is presumably relieved of the pressure to serve as one of the few primary shot creators for the Philadelphia 76ers and a spaced out floor will lead to more efficient shot opportunities.

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Finally, the deadline additions for the Philadelphia 76ers impact Redick defensively, allowing him for less responsibility, and his minutes per game may vary according to matchup, meaning his body remains fresh.