New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick found a lot of success when he played with Chris Paul on the Los Angeles Clippers from 2013 to 2017. Making it to the playoffs in each of those seasons, finishing at least in the fourth seed, Redick admired Paul’s ability to involve his teammates and how smart he was on the court.
However, playing against Paul is an entirely different story.
Redick reflected on playing against Paul ahead of the Pelicans’ Tuesday showdown with the Phoenix Suns.
“I don’t enjoy playing against anyone, and I certainly don’t enjoy playing against Chris. He was a great teammate, really brought out the best in me and all of us in LA. But as an opponent, he tends to squeeze the juice out of every possession,” the Pelicans vet shared.
JJ Redick emphasized Chris Paul’s ability to “squeeze the juice” out of each and every offensive possession and manipulate the game in so many different ways, making him such a dangerous player to face.
Paul is averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9.7 assists in his first season with the Suns. Though he may not be the greatest offensive threat on the floor, his court vision is what allows his teammates to produce on the offensive end.
However, teams cannot write off his ability to shoot, as his midrange and 3-point game is as efficient as it can get–with a career field goal percentage of 47.0 and a 3-point percentage of 36.9.
Moreover, as he is teamed up with offensive threats such as Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, Paul can make a huge impact on the Suns, similar to how he brought the underdogs Oklahoma City Thunder to the fifth seed in the Western Conference in 2019-20. With that said, it’s no wonder why Redick and the Pelicans are wary of the surging Phoenix squad.
The Suns will learn a lot from Paul this 2020-21 campaign, as they are expected to fight their way to a playoff appearance after an inspiring bubble run last season in Orlando