It has been somewhat of a curious exhibition season for J.J. Redick, a time when his shot has not been as accurate as it has been over the first 10 years of his NBA career.
Redick has one of the best three-point shooting strokes in the league, but in the two of three exhibition games he has played in for the Clippers, the 6-foot-4 guard has mostly been missing his shots.
Known for seemingly always having a proper perspective on things, Redick is not concerned he’s making just 33.3% of his three-pointers in the exhibition season, and just 26.7% of his field goals as a whole.
Then again, Redick’s minutes have been scattered in the two games he has played; he’s averaging 16.5 minutes per game.
“I’ve never really put too much into the exhibition season,” Redick said after the Clippers’ shoot-around in preparation for Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. “I learned early on in my career that you can’t do that.
“In my second and third year, I had great exhibition seasons and then barely played. So for me, I want to feel like I’m in a rhythm. I would never look at percentages in the exhibition season.”
The truth is that Redick has no reason to be worried.
He led the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage last season, knocking down an amazing 47.5% of his threes.
Over his career, Redick has made 41.2% of his three-pointers.
“Listen, I’ve been in the league for 11 years, man,” Redick said. “I’ve gotten off to slow starts in the regular season, and I’ve gotten off to fast starts. I’ve always said this: I believe in the law of averages. I’ve put the extra time in here [at the Clippers’ facility] shooting.”