I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about Michael Redd and his legacy for the past few months and I finally found my excuse. Today, August 24th, Michael Redd turned 40, and what better day to look at his accomplishments with the Bucks than today. I mean I absolutely loved Redd growing up, 10-year-old me couldn’t tell the difference between him and Kobe Bryant. He was a player who gave back to his community while simultaneously saving NBA basketball in Milwaukee.
Michael Redd only made 1 All-Star appearance and 1 All-NBA team throughout his career during the 2003-04 season but he is still considered one of the greatest Bucks to step foot on the court. After Milwaukee’s big three of Glenn Robinson, Sam Casell, and Ray Allen broke up, the city needed someone to fill the void and Redd answered the call. Even before he was the Bucks’ main focus, he had already established himself as one of the best sharpshooters in the league thanks to his 2002-03 campaign. That year, he finished 3rd in total three pointers made while shooting almost 44% from three. That season started his streak of great seasons as “the guy” for Milwaukee. From 2002-09, Redd averaged 22.0 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals. He was also an incredible scorer during that time shooting 45% from the field and 38.1% from three. One of the biggest knocks against Redd was the fact he was injury prone but during that stretch he played in 83% of Milwaukee’s games which averages out to be very good.
Overall, Michael Redd played 11 seasons in Milwaukee before signing with the Phoenix Suns his final year before retiring. For Milwaukee, he played in 574 games (64% of possible games) and averaged 20.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 steals. He shot 44.9% from the field, 38.3% from three, and 84.0% from the free throw line. During his tenure, Redd also set the Milwaukee single game scoring record when he dropped 57 in a game during the 2006-07 season. He also held the NBA record for most three pointers made in a quarter with 8 until Klay Thompson broke the record in 2015.
Michael Redd finished his career on the Milwaukee Bucks’ franchise leaderboards 7th in field goals made, 5th in minutes, 5th in total win shares, 4th in points, 3rd in offensive win shares, 2nd in free throws, and 2nd in three pointers made. For a second round pick who was never expected to make much of an impact outside of sharpshooting, Redd turned the narrative around to the point where he was must see television.
Redd’s play on the court was incredible but his impact off the court was just as great. The mid 2000s were the dark ages when it comes to the Milwaukee Bucks franchise and I honestly believe, without Michael Redd, Milwaukee wouldn’t have a team anymore. The teams built around him weren’t always the best but one thing stayed consistent, Michael Redd was a player anybody would have wanted on their team. He was the reason I was, and still am a Bucks fan today.