Following an above-average career in pro basketball that was preceded by a record-setting stint playing for Duke in college, JJ Redick is shooting for a career in sports media by joining ESPN as an NBA analyst.
Duke’s all-time leading scorer announced his retirement last month following 15 years playing pro ball, but is not staying on the bench for long and will make his debut as a studio analyst for ESPN on November 3 during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks. In addition to contributing to studio shows aired by The Worldwide Leader like Get Up, First Take, SportsCenter and NBA Today, Redick will also be an analyst for other NBA games this season.
“One of our goals is to always look for opportunities to become even stronger. JJ’s unique perspective and tremendous insight further enhance the depth of our team,” said David Roberts, ESPN senior VP for NBA and studio production. “The fact he’s played with and against some of the biggest names in the NBA is yet another attribute that will better serve NBA fans.”
Already a prominent podcaster, the two-time All-American was the consensus national college basketball player of the year in 2006 before being drafted 11th overall by the Orlando Magic. In addition to suiting up for the Magic in the NBA, the 37-year-old also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.
“After 15 years in the NBA, I am excited to take what I have learned on the court and be able to provide my insight and strong opinions about the game I love,” Redick said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have found a place on the biggest platform in sports, ESPN. I look forward to starting my post-playing career with such an incredible organization.”
An excellent shooter from the line and 3-point land, Redick averaged 13 points, two rebounds and two assists with solid shooting percentages during his career.