Orlando Magic Sign Quentin Richardson: Is J.J. Redick As Good As Gone?

July 12th, 2010 by Brett Roberts Leave a reply »
Today, the Magic signaled change by signing Miami Heat free agent forward Quentin Richardson. This move most likely means that the Magic will not be matching J.J. Redick's $19 million offer from the Chicago Bulls.

Is this a good move for the Magic? One way of looking at it is that the Magic may have filled Redick's spot and production with Richardson, who put up very similar stats and is signing for about one-third of what Redick commands.

Last year, playing for the Heat, Richardson averaged 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg, while shooting a solid 43 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc, doing this in 27 minutes a game.  

Compare these stats to Redick and you see there isn't much of a drop off in production. Redick averaged 9.6 ppg and 1.9 rpg, shooting 43 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point territory. So, while Redick averages less than a point more than Richardson, Richardson brings added rebounding and shoots roughly the same percentage everywhere except at the free throw line, where Richardson's 73 percent pales in comparison to Redick's 86 percent.

The Magic can only hope that this move does not co ...

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