A look back: Redd was a pioneer with volume 3-point shooting

Michael Redd peaked in the mid-2000s, staking his claim as one of the NBA’s best and most consistent shooters.

Redd played 11 of his 12 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. For most of his career, he was in a select group of players who shot a high volume of 3-pointers and also made them at a good clip. As a member of the 2008 Redeem Team, Redd has won an Olympic gold medal and was named an All-Star during the 2003-04 season.

A former Ohio State Buckeye, Redd was drafted 43rd overall in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft. During his rookie season he didn’t immediately display his shooting skills, missing all three of the 3-pointers he shot.

But by the time his sophomore season came along, the league knew Redd had a quality shooting stroke.

Redd was eighth in 3-point percentage during the 2001-02 season, according to NBA.com stats.  That season Redd had an increase in scoring, averaging double figures in points per game (11.4) for the first time in his career.

He also played in significantly more games compared to his rookie season. During his rookie campaign, Redd played in six games, but in his sophomore season he played in 67 and started in eight.

Though he established himself as a shooter, Redd’s reputation expanded in the 2003-04 season. He averaged 21.7 points per game and led the Bucks in scoring. In five straight seasons thereafter, Redd would score at least 20.0 points a game.

He had his best season as a scorer in the 2006-07 campaign. Redd averaged a career-high 26.4 points per game and ranked fifth in the league in scoring. He also shot at a 38.2% clip from the 3-point line on a career-high 5.8 attempts. Redd also shot 5.8 attempts from deep during the 2008-09 season.

Redd taking nearly six 3-pointers a game in the 2006-07 season was relatively high for the time. Ray Allen, who played for the Seattle SuperSonics then, ranked first in the NBA for 3-point attempts (8.1), per NBA.com stats. 

Now, Houston Rockets star James Harden shoots the most threes a game, as he averaged 12.6 before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With Redd being ahead of his time, he would have been arguably better in the current era. Teams still hadn’t encouraged players shooting a plethora of 3-pointers, with the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns averaging a league-high 24.0 threes a game during the 2006-07 campaign. This season, the Rockets are shooting a league-high 44.3 3-pointers a game.

Redd’s career unfortunately took a downward turn when he suffered ACL and MCL injuries in his left knee during January 2009; Redd missed the rest of the 2008-09 season. During January 2010, Redd suffered injuries to his ACL and MCL in the same knee. Redd would play two more seasons, and he retired in 2013. 

Though Redd’s career ended prematurely, his stellar shooting from behind the arc was a precursor to today’s game. As one of the Bucks’ best scorers ever, Redd ranks fourth on the franchise’s all-time list.

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