After 2 Major Knee Injuries, Can Free-Agent Michael Redd Help out an NBA Team?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2011

Michael Redd.
Michael Redd.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Michael Redd has spent his entire NBA career (11 NBA seasons) as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks since being drafted by the team in the second round back in 2000. The lefty shooter played college basketball at Ohio State University and was their leading scorer for three years before entering the 2000 NBA Draft.

Known as being a three-point threat, Redd has maintained a career average of 38.3 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Currently an unrestricted free agent about to enter his 12th NBA season and coming of two consecutive major knee injuries in the past two seasons, Redd has to prove that he can still be a contributor in the NBA.

Redd struggled in his rookie year in Milwaukee, as he was behind Ray Allen in the depth chart and appeared in only six games averaging 2.2 points per game. During the 2003-04 NBA season, Redd officially became a starter after the Milwaukee Bucks traded Ray Allen to the Seattle SuperSonics. As time went on, Redd improved his jump shot (including his three-point shot and accuracy) and kept earning more minutes as time went on.

He even signed a max contract extension (for six years) with Milwaukee in 2005 and averaged a career-high 26.7 points during the 2006-07 NBA season. He went on to average near 20 points per game through the 2008-09 NBA season before dealing with two significant knee injuries.

First, in January 2009, in a game against the Sacramento Kings, Redd suffered a knee injury which was later on determined to be a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. As a result, Redd missed the remainder of the 2009-10 NBA season.

During the 2010-11 NBA season, Redd made his first debut since suffering the knee injury, but once again tore the same ACL and MCL in his left knee in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 10, 2010. This was a devastating blow to the team and for Redd since he was entering the last year of his contract, and questions arose about his career possibly ending because of the injury.

Redd made his debut after both knee injuries in March of 2011, in order to slowly work himself back into game shape and form, he only appeared in 10 games for the team during the 2010-11 NBA season.

Now as an unrestricted free agent, Michael Redd has the opportunity to play in another city for the first time in his 11-year NBA career. With his shooting ability alone, and being a tested veteran player, he should see opportunities, but has to prove that he can stay healthy and that the two consecutive knee injuries are something of the past and will not happen again.

Teams that are looking to become contenders, may look to add some shooting to their roster, and could give Redd a long look.