Man, I just don't see JJ Redick as that big of a loss. His offense was really good but his defense was terrible. Look at New Orleans - how much of a difference is he making there?
I'd much rather have Josh Richardson. A strong defensive player and good offensive player. A two way player.
The way people talk about JJ Redick is of the player he was 5 years ago (when he was still an adequate albeit below average defender). Not the player he is today (lousy defender). Redick was Philly's worst defender. He got torched by anyone they tried to hide him on.
Their perimeter play has improved (thanks to Josh Richardson) without him (Redick).
I agree that the Sixers are better off with Richardson than Redick. Redick did get torched by us 2 playoffs ago but the Raptors didn't torch him last playoffs. Redick is doing fine in NOP (15pts in 28min, 46% on 7 3PA) but I don't understand why they overpaid to get him. He's a good role player for a contender. He's not going to move the needle for a young team.
My statement was in regards to Butler and Redick. I just don't think Butler is much of a loss for the Sixers. Butler was a poor fit with Harris and Simmons. He wasn't that good of a fit with Embiid. Redick on the other hand was a great fit offensively and a lot of their half court offense was from the Redick/Embiid DHOs. If they could have retained Redick to come of the bench, they'd be sitting pretty. Right now with Richardson out, they are having to start Korkmaz whose 4th year option they didn't pick up.