Player at risk of getting squeezed from Dallas Mavericks playoff rotation: 4. J.J. Redick
The Mavs acquired Redick and Nicolo Melli at the trade deadline for James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, and a 2021 second-round pick. They missed having an elite shooter on their roster and jumped at the chance to trade for one.
The 36-year-old veteran is still working his way back from a heel injury. He has played 11 games with the Mavericks so far. Redick averaged 4.6 points in 12.1 minutes per game. He is shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range but has yet to find his stride in Dallas.
The 6’3 guard brings a ton of playoff experience and gives the Mavs a different element. Redick flies around screens and creates off-the-ball movement for the offense. He can catch and fire from anywhere. Having Redick spacing the floor for Luka Doncic in the playoffs could make the Mavericks’ offense more dangerous.
It is a tight battle for minutes in the backcourt, though. J.J. Redick must prove he is healthy and ready to contribute to be in the nightly playoff rotation. He has only played in three of the last six games and is one for 12 from the field when he’s been on the court. Health could be the reason Redick is glued to the bench in the playoffs.
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