Duke in the NBA: JJ Redick leads short-handed 76ers

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The short-handed Philadelphia 76ers called upon former Duke Basketball guard JJ Redick to help provide much needed three-point shooting from the floor versus the Miami Heat.

Former Duke Basketball guard JJ Redick, the 2001-02 McDonald’s All-American and two-time NCAA AP All-American, received the start on Monday night versus the Miami Heat. Redick, now in his 13th season in the NBA, has carved himself out to be one of the most prolific shooters in the league.

This start came after the 76ers traded away two of their starters to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 76ers will gain Jimmy Butler and injured Justin Patton hopefully on Wednesday versus the Magic.

Redick is expected to be a part of the starting lineup once Butler joins the team. The expected starting lineup is Redick, Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiiid, and Butler.

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Redick is known as one of the most deadly three-point shooters in the league. His quick and pure shooting stroke has him ranked 17th all-time for three-point field goal percentage.

One reason why Redick has such a high three-point percentage is that he moves so well without the ball. This movement, along with his high motor, gets Redick his open shots.

Another Duke Basketball player that played in Monday’s contest was former All-Rookie Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat. Winslow was a starter for the Heat and finished with five points, three assists, and three rebounds.

Redick was able to lead the 76ers to a 124-114 win over the Heat. Redick finished Monday night’s action with twenty-five points, three assists, and shot an efficient eleven of twenty from the field.

He was the second-leading scorer, only behind starting center Joel Embiid who ended with thirty-five points.

The 76ers have a lot to figure out as a team before they take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, November 14. One big question mark is how Butler fits into the already lackluster floor-spacing on the 76ers’ starting core. Butler will bring premier one-on-one defense to the team, but Redick is the only floor spacer in the starting lineup.

Tune in to NBA TV to watch the debut of the new 76ers versus the Magic on November 14 at 7:00 PM ET.