REAL HOOPERS: MICHAEL REDD

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  • SG/SF
  • 6’6, 220 lbs
  • 12 Seasons Pro
  • 43rd Overall Pick, 2000 (MIL)
  • College: Ohio State University
  • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
  • Career Stats: 19.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 ast, 0.9 stl
  • 1 x All-Star (2003-04), 1 x All-NBA (2003-04)

Standout seasons: 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08

  • 2003-04: 82 GP/GS, 37 MPG, 21.7 PPG, 2.3 AST, 5.0 REB, 86.8 FT%, 44.0 FG%, 33 3PT%
  • 2004-05: 75 GP/GS, 38 MPG, 23 PPG, 2.3 AST, 4.2 REB, 85.4 FT%, 44.1 FG%, 35.5 3PT%
  • 2005-06: 80 GP/GS, 39.1 MPG, 25.4 PPG, 2.9 AST, 4.3 REB, 1.2 STL, 87.7 FT%, 45.0 FG%, 39.5 3PT%
  • 2007/08: 72 GP/GS, 37.5 MPG, 22.7 PPG, 3.4 AST, 4.3 REB, 82 FT%, 44.2 FG%, 36.2 3PT%

One of the most underrated scorers of his era, Michael Redd personifies the term ‘walking bucket’. The silky left handed sniper, with a distinct shooting form, cemented himself as a cornerstone of the Milwaukee Bucks during some of the franchise’s bleakest years. The second round draft pick in the vaunted 2000 draft exceeded expectations at every stage of his career. Redd was awarded an All-Star and an All-NBA nod after his breakout 2003-04 season. Filling the void left by Ray Allen, Redd treated Bucks fans to scoring binges of the highest quality. His tenure as a supreme scorer in the NBA was halted by injury problems. A fairly nondescript figure in the NBA world, his career came to an end after 11 seasons in Milwaukee and a lone season in Phoenix. Redd was one of the most prolific scorer’s to grace the mid 2000’s NBA. His scoring proficiency from all spots on the floor is what bestows him with the honour of being LO-FI: The Magazine’s second ‘Real Hooper’.

What If? 

Aside from injury, Redd’s decision to re-up with Milwaukee is perhaps the reason he is one of the most forgotten about stars of the 2000’s. In the off-season of 2005 Redd was an unrestricted free agent. The Bucks were fresh off a lottery bound season in which they secured the number one pick of the 2005 Draft. They used this number one pick on Andrew Bogut (Pre Alt-Right?). During Redd’s free agency speculation arose that he was interested in signing with his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers. The prospect of a Redd- Lebron duo was salivating. Redd’s game would have been the perfect fit next to a young LeBron James. In order to facilitate this transaction Redd would have had to sacrifice an additional year of his max deal. Instead of teaming up Bron and in turn losing one year at max salary, Redd decided to re-up with the Bucks on a 5 year max contract. A pairing of Michael Redd and LeBron James would have made the Cavs instant contenders. This potentially could have provided LeBron with his first championship long before the ‘Big 3’ era. However, this tailor made pairing did not come to fruition and Michael Redd remains one of the most slept on sharpshooters from his era as a result.    

Peep Michael Redd’s ‘Real Hooper’ Mix as well as other essential highlights below:

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