No Love For J.J. Redick?
The gentleman in the lead image is Keith Bogans, who, apparently, has been conspiring to keep the beloved J.J. Redick out of the Orlando Magic line-up. Bogans does so by — gasp — playing better than Redick, but that hasn’t stopped some followers to question whether or not Stan Van Ron Jeremy Gundy is giving Redick a fair shake.
Because, as we all know, NBA coaches play favorites, especially when it comes to putting players in the game that actually produce.
The J.J. defense goes back before the season started where — it seems —
some observers Orlando Sentinel writer Brian Schmitz thought Redick would see a significant increase in his playing time. His reasoning? Hard work. Fast forward through an 0-8 start by Redick over the first three games of Orlando’s season and we find the Duke “sharpshooter” back on the bench while fifth-year reserve Keith Bogans gets more and more minutes.
Not only is Bogans taking Redick’s minutes by being the first shooting guard off the bench, he does something J.J. wasn’t doing — produces on the court. During last night’s win over Chicago, Bogans had 13 points and 5 rebounds; doing more in his 27-minute outing than Redick has done all season. For some reason, however, a certain writer who covers the Magic extensively thinks Redick is getting the short-end of the stick.
To his credit, Schmitz doesn’t think Redick should get Bogans’ minutes — an indefensible position when you look at each player’s productivity — but he does suggest the Duke guard should be playing over rookie Courtney Lee. However, when you read critiques about J.J.’s defensive prowess, Van Gundy’s decision to go with the more athletic Lee over Redick still makes sense.
It’s really pretty simple: The NBA is about production. J.J. hasn’t been producing. Therefore, J.J. sits while Bogans and Lee get the nod ahead of him. If J.J. finds his shooting stroke, his confidence and an ability to play better defense, he might leapfrog one or both, but until that time, he’s going to ride the pine.