Latest News, NBA / Apr 27, 2010 / 6:00 pm

The next, best stop for J.J. Redick: Charlotte

J.J. Redick (photo. Keith Allison)

There wasn’t a whole lot normal about Orlando’s first-round win over the Bobcats. Dwight Howard was stuck in foul trouble and put up numbers maybe Anderson Varejao would’ve bragged about; Vince Carter shot 1-for-17 from three range and 35 percent overall; and yet the Magic won the series easily, the only sweep of the NBA playoffs so far.

J.J. Redick wasn’t his usual self, either. Or maybe he was. After three years of looking like a certified bust, Redick had his breakout this season, and improved throughout — he closed out the regular season averaging 11.5 points and 3.0 assists while hitting 47.8 percent of his threes over the last eight games. But in the Charlotte series he took a step backwards, making just 28.6 percent beyond the arc and putting up 5.0 points and 0.8 assists in four games.

Despite his playoff struggles, though, Redick showed enough in the regular season to earn himself a nice free agent contract this summer. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he signed with the Bobcats.

I’ve been saying since last year that the Bobcats need a shooter, and their new-look roster is no different. Stephen Jackson is too erratic, Larry Hughes can be plain terrible, Gerald Wallace already has enough on his plate, and while D.J. Augustin has a dash (actually a lot) of Jameer Nelson in his game, he can’t be the only perimeter threat.

Soon-to-be ex-Bobcats coach Larry Brown noted during the series that Orlando was able to play an effective zone D because none of Charlotte’s centers were an offensive threat, allowing Dwight to roam free. Brown didn’t mention that the Magic zone also worked because Charlotte’s shooters didn’t make them pay.

“Since the Bobcats don’t have many great jump-shooters (any great jump-shooters?),” wrote Rick Bonnell in yesterday’s Charlotte Observer, “Brown said the priority … in trying to defeat Orlando’s zone tactics is quicker, more decisive ball-movement.”

And if that ball movement results in open shots for a sniper like Redick, zones get picked apart.

One problem is that Charlotte doesn’t have enough money. Tyson Chandler would be crazy not to cash in his $12.7 million option for next season, eating up a lot of potential cap space for the ‘Cats. And even if they let Tyrus Thomas walk, that money would go toward re-signing Ray Felton, if anywhere.

Granted, it would seem strange for Charlotte to bring in Redick when we just heard their arena drowned in boos for the former Duke superstar by the pro-UNC crowd. But if the franchise can find a way (sign-and-trade), the fans might just have to accept their enemy. They might not like it, but J.J. Redick could shoot the Bobcats right into an actual playoff win.

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  • http://NBA.com RapTOr

    Hmm…so is this just an out of nowhere opinion or do you have some sort of REASON to believe the Bobcats are even thinking of bringing a former Duke star into N.C? I had to read the article over again because I thought I might have missed the part where there was some sort of research or evidence on this topic, but turns out Dume writers are just pullin shit out of their asses again…

    I’m heading over to SLAM…

  • derek

    it would be a good fit, they definitley need a tue shooting guard and a younger one at that.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    I used to live in Orlando and it’s good to see JJ start to be able to contribute on the court. He’s a cool dude, and his game really would help the Magic more it they had a traditional power forward.

  • bsteezy3

    Surprised me when the fans of Charlotte were booing J.J. though. Tripped me out…

  • Baltimore Red

    @Raptor –You do know that Duke is in the state of North Carolina too, right? That’s where the whole rivalry deal got started. And the Bobcats drafted Gerald Henderson last year, didn’t they? Where did he go to school? Duke.

    If your only reason for why the Bobcats WOULDN’T sign Redick is that he went to Duke, I’m glad you’ll never have anything to do with running an NBA team.

    And if you could read you’d see AB offered a REASON the Bobcats would sign Redick: They need a shooter. If you need “evidence” of that, check their shooting stats. Have fun at Slam with the rest of their idiots.

  • sh!tfaced

    Yeah, didn’t you see the little smirks on Charlotte’s faces when Redick shot an airball…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mr.Brogden Mr. Brogden

    JJ would get MADDDD LUVVVV in NC. That’d be GOOD LOOK on MJ’s part. The building would definitely be packed if JJ was in the mix.

    Did you see how they were booing him???
    That’s LOVE on the low. NO ONE else got that attention from the crowd so why would they single JJ? Jostlin’ a NC native…that’s all. It’s not like his play has been noteworthy. He’s simply playing for the enemy, we love him but we gotta hate him.

  • Heckler

    imagine if this did really happen?

    the Bobcats would have had both JJ Redick and Adam Morrison.

    HA!

  • Jdstorm

    @Heckler

    Imagine what will happen in the media when both of them Get rings before lebron.

  • SLAM4LIFE

    DIME who? dime may be quicker, but quicker ain’T always better…

  • SLAM4LIFE

    saying DIME > SLAM is like Jarule dissing Dr. Dre.