Michael Redd Would Have Thrived in Today’s NBA
One of my favorite quarantine listens have been Bill Simmons and Ryen Russillo redrafting old NBA Drafts. They’re awesome and worth a listen. On Monday, the boys reviewed the woefully awful 2000 NBA Draft. It is one of the worst drafts in history. Simmons makes some great points on why it went so wrong. Weirdly enough, one of the only teams to get it right that year… Your Milwaukee Bucks! Yes, Ernie Grunfeld made the smart decision to draft Michael Redd in the second round. That was a great pick. Redd had a solid career for Milwaukee before his body began to fall apart. Redd is one of the many players that would have a different career in today’s NBA.
Redd made an All-Star team, and he made it to the Olympic team in 2008. He had a solid career and should be remembered fondly for what he did. But if Redd had the ability to fire at all times from three, who knows what his career looks like. The stats show the potential is lurking for three-point greatness. He shot 38 percent from deep, but he never averaged more than six three per game in a season. Therefore, Redd typically made every two threes to every five he shot on average. Redd set a record for eight threes in a quarter in 2002 and had could not miss from deep in the international play. He had a great three-point stroke. It just wasn’t shown often.
If Redd played today, how many threes does he shoot a game? Seven to 10? That is probably the number we’re looking at for Redd, and he would likely have been an even better player. He was a walking bucket. That guy could score at any part of the court. Not just from deep but in close, mid-range, it doesn’t matter for Redd.
He is a forgotten great Buck due to how bad the 2000s were for Milwaukee.