Three seasons ago, Michael Redd was considered one of the best shooting guards in the entire league. The 2004 All-Star and All-NBA Third Team member was a lock to average 20 points per game and was one of the better shooters in the game.
Then on Jan. 25, 2009, the Milwaukee Bucks found out that their star guard tore his ACL and MCL and would require season-ending surgery. Redd would return early the next season, but after only 18 games, he re-tore his ACL and MCL on the same knee that he did a year earlier.
After another round of rehab, the former Ohio State Buckeye would return in March of last season. In 10 games, Redd averaged only 4.4 points, which was by far a career low.
Despite coming off of two serious surgeries on the same knee and posting career-low totals across the board, the Phoenix Suns decided to sign Redd to a one-year contract right before the new year. At the time, Phoenix was struggling putting points on the scoreboard
After a few weeks of getting back into basketball shape, Redd made his Suns debut on Jan. 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he didn't disappoint. In only 19 minutes in his first live action in more than eight months, Redd scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Since that game though, Redd hasn't played much. Those 19 minutes in the matchup against Cleveland were the most he has received from Alvin Gentry since putting on a Suns uniform. In three games, he hasn't gotten off the bench, and he only played a little more than four minutes in Phoenix's last game against the Toronto Raptors.
Of course, Redd hasn't played really well when he has been on the court. He has scored only nine points since the Cleveland game, and his usually great shooting has been downright awful. Redd has made only two buckets in his last 14 attempts.
It is hard to see Redd getting a bump in minutes either. Jared Dudley will continue to see playing time due to his defensive intensity and the fact that he's a favorite of Gentry's. Shannon Brown has played much better in his last 10 games after struggling getting out of the gates.
If Redd was half the player he once was, he would steal minutes from both players, but that isn't the case. You have to admire Redd for coming back from two difficult injuries, but he is no longer a quality basketball player.
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