ESPN’s JJ Redick prefer Mavs’ Doncic over Warriors’ Curry in clutch

JJ Redick decided to plant his flag in the corner of Luka Doncic over Steph Curry.

Appearing on ESPN’s premier shouting match program, “First Take,” the former NBA shooting guard was asked who he’d rather have take a final shot in the clutch.

“We’re talking about right now, in 2022, who would you rather have with the ball, with the game on the line? It’s clearly Luka Doncic,” Redick said to a confounded Stephen A Smith and Patrick Beverley.

“This is not a knock on Steph,” Redick continued. “Think about all the stuff that you have to do, all the people that you have to involve, to get Steph Curry a shot at the end of the game. Think about all the action you have to run. You know what you have to You give him the ball, and he’s going to create a good shot.”

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It was an opinion that naturally drew the ire of Dubs fans. After Redick was on the receiving end of one too many clown emojis, he decided to respond that, actually, this was all kayfabe.

“Hey Chip. Don’t know if you know this or not…but on these shows they give you a ridiculous question- which this was- and then ask u to give an answer. Can’t pick both in an ‘or’ question Then you have to give reasons why to support your stance. That’s TV,” Redick wrote.

Redick has been a refreshing addition to the ESPN morning show as of late, but his decision to quickly back down here is a bit strange: The argument he makes for Doncic over Curry is reasonable. Doncic’s size allows him to create shot opportunities on his own, whereas Curry needs more teammate support to get an open shot — and if there’s anyone who knows about navigating screens to get an open three, it’s Redick.

The stats also seem to back up his take, or at least the notion that there’s an argument in the first place. One measurement, through, shows Doncic with a 61.3 effective field goal percentage in the clutch, about 10 percentage points higher than Curry’s this season. In the postseason, the clutch shooting numbers are about the same, according to NBA Stats. (Inpredictable defines clutch as “shots taken that have an elevated impact on win probability,” while the league uses “the last five minutes of a game when a team is leading or trailing by five points or fewer.”)

But Redick, for some reason, is willing to forgo all of that for the sake of a Twitter dunk. To use another advanced stat, what he said isn’t in the top 99% of most insane things ever said on “First Take.” One has to wonder if he’s really cut out for the hot take game if he’s already running with the “the big scary producers made me do it” excuse so early.

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