Shooting Drills with J.J. Redick

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In a game where the outside J has become nearly nonexistent and barreling to the rim for an earth-shattering slam is the norm, J.J. Redick is an anomaly. The Orlando Magic shooting guard thrives on his pinpoint accuracy, which sets him apart from the rest of the league. 

Redick's legendary shot became a national phenomenon when, as a Duke Blue Devil, he dominated the collegiate basketball scene. Cameron Crazies had the best seats in the house to watch him crush several school and conference records. The ACC's all-time leading scorer ended his blue and white career with 2,769 points.

After his senior season, during which he averaged 26.8 ppg and shot a mind-boggling 42 percent from behind the arc, Redick was awarded the Adolph F. Rupp and John Wooden trophies as the nation's best player. His silky smooth jumper was a major factor in his 11th overall selection by the Magic in the 2006 NBA Draft.

The transition from college ball to the NBA has not been easy for Redick, due largely to two nagging injuries. However, he has a fierce will to succeed, which should drive his ultimate rise. "I have a fire inside of me as it is," Redick says. "I can use just about anything to fuel that fire. My biggest source of motivation right now is all the naysayers who think I won't be successful in the NBA. I love to prove people wrong.

"God is always my inspiration, [too]," he says. "My goal in life is to be worthy of being called one of His children. I live my life accordingly."

Although he's still waiting to make a nightly impact for the Magic, Redick knows that when his number is called, he'll be ready to draw that lethal shot from its holster. He continues putting in the same hours as he did when he was a kid growing up in Roanoke, Va. with college and NBA dreams. "I always dreamed about and imagined making it to and playing at [those] levels," he says. "When I was supposed to be doing chores or when my mom was distracted, I would sneak outside and shoot the ball for hours—I literally mean hours. I would go out in the snow and shoot with gloves on."

Having triumphed at every level except (so far) the NBA, the 6'4" sharpshooter knows that when he gets his opportunity, he'll be ready to shine on the biggest of all basketball stages. "First, set a goal; second, work to make that goal a reality; and third, always stay humble," he advises. "Any athlete—or person for that matter—who is overconfident and cocky will get a moment of humility. You have to be prepared for that."

Redick continues working on his deadly J every day to ensure his productivity for when he does land consistent minutes. Check out the drills he uses and apply them to your routine, so your shot becomes just as lethal as his.

Range Finder

Partner Positions
– Partner 1 stands directly under basket to rebound and pass to Partner 2
– Partner 2 stands at top of key and passes to shooter [you]

Drill
• Begin in corner, behind 3-point line
• Shoot 3-pointer from corner
• Simulate coming off wide pindown screen and sprint to elbow
• Turn; receive pass from partner; shoot from near elbow
• Repeat until you make six shots
• Switch sides

Variation
• Begin in corner behind 3-point line
• Shoot 3-pointer from corner
• Simulate coming off wide pin-down screen and sprint toward elbow
• While sprinting, receive pass from partner; take one dribble; shoot from near elbow
• Repeat until you make six shots
• Switch sides

Redick's Rave: "It works on your 3-point range and your intermediate-range jump shot. It also works on shooting on the move."

5 Shot Close-Out

Partner Positions
– Partner 1 stands directly under basket to rebound and pass to Partner 2
– Partner 2 stands at top of key and passes to shooter [you]
– Return to start position after every shot to receive pass from partner.

Drill
• Begin on wing behind 3-point line, performing dribbles to left side for all following drills
• Take one dribble; perform a runner
• Take one dribble; perform a pull-up
• Take two dribbles; perform a leaner off glass
• Take two dribbles; perform a step-back
• Take two dribbles; shot fake; then gather yourself and shoot
• Perform same shots to right side
• Repeat progression on opposite side of court

Redick's Rave: "Maybe my defender's running me off my shot, so I now have to make a choice. So am I going left or right? Am I going all the way? Am I pulling up? It's a series of shots."

Catch-and-Shoot

Partner Positions
– Partner 1 stands on block and acts as screener
– Partner 2 stands at top of key behind 3-point line and passes to shooter [you]
– Return to start position after every shot.

Drill
• Begin on baseline directly under basket
• Come off screen and sprint to elbow
• Receive pass from partner; shoot
• Come off screen and sprint to 3-point line above elbow
• Receive pass from partner; shoot
• Come off screen; take step toward elbow; fade to corner
• Receive pass from partner; shoot
• Come off screen; take step toward elbow; fade to corner
• Receive pass from partner; shot fake; take one dribble and finish
• Make all five shots, then perform to opposite side

Redick's Rave: "A good word to think of in Catch-and-Shoot is deception. You want to deceive your man so he doesn't have any idea where you're going off the screen."
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