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If the Pelicans Make the 2020 NBA Playoffs, JJ Redick Will Accomplish Something Michael Jordan or LeBron James Never Did

The New Orleans Pelicans are currently in the 10th spot in the Western Conference. They are three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

If the Pelicans make the playoffs, JJ Redick will have accomplished something not even Michael Jordan or LeBron James did.

A look at JJ Redick’s NBA career

Redick is in his 14th NBA season. The Orlando Magic selected him with the 11th pick in the 2006 draft. Before he came into the league, Redick was known as a high-volume shooter. Redick was not known for his scoring, and that showed during his first few seasons with the Magic. During his time in Orlando, he came off the bench and averaged double-digits in scoring for the first time during the 2010-11 season. Toward the end of his career in Orlando, his production started to increase.

He averaged 15.5 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 39% from beyond the arc during the 2012-13 season with Orlando. He finished that season playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. After finished the 2012-13 season in Milwaukee, he went out west to play for the LA Clippers. Redick became a starter when he joined the Clippers. During the 2015-16 season, he shot 47 percent from deep, which led the league. One thing about Redick is his consistency throughout his time in the league. His ability to shoot the three at a high level allows him to continue to play on some of the best teams in the league.

After four seasons with the Clippers, Redick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Redick showed his veteran leadership on a team that was a top contender in the east. He ended up playing two seasons with the 76ers, and during the 2018-19 season, he averaged 18.1 points per game, which is a career-high. Now the 35-year-old is in his 14th season with his fifth team. Through 54 games, Redick averaged 14.9 points before the season was suspended.

JJ Redick’s playoff streak

Ever since Redick came into the league, he’s played in the playoffs. He currently has the longest active playoff streak with 13. Redick made it to the NBA Finals one time in his career, and that was in 2009 with the Orlando Magic. The Magic fell to the Lakers 4-1 in that series, and Redick appeared in four games and averaged 5.5. points.

Redick has been fortunate to play for teams that are playoff-contending teams. That just shows how much these teams value the type of player he is. They want him on their team because of what he’s been able to do throughout his career. Every team needs a shooter, and Redick can fill that void for a team.

JJ Redick will do something that Michael Jordan or LeBron James never done if the Pelicans can make the playoffs

These next eight games are important for the Pelicans as they’re fighting to get into the playoffs. If the Pelicans do advance to the playoffs, that will make it 14 consecutive playoff appearances for Redick. That’s something neither LeBron James nor Michael Jordan has done. James made it to every postseason from the time he got into the league up until last season when the Lakers missed out, so his streak stopped at 13.

Jordan also made it 13 straight times, and his streak came to an end when he retired after the 1998 season. But he did make a return but failed to make the playoffs with the Washington Wizards. Though Redick does not have a championship, his playoff streak can continue if the Pelicans play good basketball over the next few weeks.