JJ Redick announces his retirement after 15-year NBA career
JJ Redick announced his retirement from the NBA after a 15-year career Tuesday. Selected out of Duke by the Orlando Magic with the 11th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Redick would go on to play for six NBA teams, ending his career with the Dallas Mavericks.
“First team. Last team. So grateful for everything in between,” Redick wrote on Instagram. “Today, I am officially retiring from the game of basketball. Thank you to everyone who was a part of my journey and career. I started playing basketball 30 years ago in my backyard on an uneven patch of dirt, gravel, and grass. It was on that court that my dreams began to form. Reality has far surpassed my dreams!!
“So thankful for 15 years in the NBA and all the amazing relationships and memories along the way.”
Redick, 37, joined the Magic after a stellar career at Duke. He broke multiple conference and school scoring records during his time with the Blue Devils and still holds the record as the all-time leading scorer for Duke. On Feb. 2, 2007, Redick’s No. 4 jersey was raised to the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He was the 13th Blue Devil to have his jersey retired.
In retirement, Redick will continue to host his podcast, “The Old Man and the Three.”
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What will he be remembered for?
Josh Robbins, senior writer: In terms of his basketball impact, Redick will be remembered for his dominance at Duke, the resulting vitriol from rival fans within the Atlantic Coast Conference and for being a superb floor-spacer and valued veteran presence in the NBA.
He’s the kind of player who set a positive example for young teammates, in large part because he had to make himself into the player he ultimately became. Through a disciplined offseason routine, he became one of his teams’ best-conditioned players.
But I suspect Redick will have an intriguing next chapter to his life that will extend beyond hosting a podcast. Could he become a basketball commentator on TV? Yes. But he could also attempt to make an impact as an entrepreneur or perhaps even in politics.
What is his legacy at Duke?
Brendan Marks, Duke basketball writer: Simply, Redick is one of the best players in the program, and ACC, history. He still holds the record for most career 3s (457) in league history, and it’s not particularly close. He’s the second-leading all-time scorer in the ACC (behind only Tyler Hansbrough) and hit double digits in 122 of his 139 college games.
At the time of his graduation, Redick left the Blue Devils with practically every offensive record in school history: scoring, made 3s, free-throw percentage and the most 20-plus, 30-plus and 40-plus point games ever at Duke.
The three-time All-American and former National Player of the Year never won a title at Duke, but his individual performance stands out as one of the best ever under legendary Mike Krzyzewski.