J.J. Redick calls 2017-18 the ‘favorite year of my career’
J.J. Redick took a big gamble this past offseason, taking a one-year, $23 million balloon deal to take his sharpshooting talents to the Philadelphia 76ers, a decision that has paid off and translated into his best statistical season to date.
“This was probably my favorite year of my career,” said Redick during his exit interview press conference, according to Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com. “Playing in Philly is its own experience, our fans, the city, the buzz about sports and about this team was amazing. I think I said this on media day, it’s first time I’m playing in a real sports town. That definitely lived up.”
Redick went from a Hall of Fame point guard in Chris Paul to an up-and-coming passing talent in Ben Simmons, which has panned out at the tune of a career-high 17.1 points per game and a 42 percent clip from distance.
A known marksman, Redick proved to be the balancing piece that could allow Simmons to bulldoze his way to the basket and space the floor, giving the Sixers a double-edged sword with an inside-outside plan of attack.
The 33-year-old noted he feels like he’s having his best season yet, picking up new things within this new offense, which as shown by this season’s progress — has room for fine-tuning over the offseason.
Depending on where the chips fall, re-signing a deadeye shooter like J.J. Redick could prove one of the priorities for this team moving forward.