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For the second straight season, J.J. Redick turned out to be one of the Orlando Magic's few bright spots. The six-year pro evolved into the team's most reliable playmaker not named Jameer Nelson, reached new heights in shooting threes (41.8 percent) and free throws (91.1 percent), and generally busted his tail every minute he was on the floor. When asked to start, he delivered, scoring 14.8 points per game and sinking 2.4 threes per game at a 45.2 percent clip.
|Points Per Game||Rebounds Per Game||Assists Per Game|
|Points Per 36||Rebounds Per 36||Assists Per 36|
|PER||Rebound Rate||Assist Rate|
All statistics in this table from Redick's player page at basketball-reference. Career-high statistics highlighted in gold; career-worst statistics highlighted in silver.
There's not much more the Magic could have asked of Redick, given his physical and athletic limitations. He even played in 65 of the team's 66 games--more than any of his teammates--and the only reason he didn't make it a perfect 66 is because the Magic elected to rest him on the final night of the season, with absolutely nothing at stake.
One can make a reasonable case that Redick should join the starting lineup full-time, but his playmaking might be put to better use with the second unit, which is devoid of shot-creators.