|Born||August 24, 1979|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||West (Columbus, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (1997–2000)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||11,972 (19.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,411 (3.8 rpg)|
|Assists||1,338 (2.1 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Michael Wesley Redd (born August 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA draft. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended West High School. He was also a member of the U.S. national basketball team.
Standing 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and weighing 215 pounds (98 kg), Redd spent both his collegiate and professional career at the shooting guard position.
Early life and education
Redd was born on August 24, 1979, in Columbus, Ohio. In his college years, Redd spent three years leading the offensive attack of Ohio State University garnering point averages of 21.9, 19.5, and 17.5, respectively. As a sophomore, Redd and Scoonie Penn led Ohio State to the NCAA Final Four. He was then drafted after his junior year in the 2000 NBA draft as a second round pick (43rd overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks (2000–2011)
In his rookie year, Redd was not able to contribute immediately as he was behind NBA All-Star guard Ray Allen on the depth chart. Later on, however, it became apparent that he was better than anticipated as proven by accounts that he had played extremely well against Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson, and other teammates in practice. It was then that former Bucks' head coach George Karl rewarded him with additional playing time. He posted averages of 11.4 points per contest as well as 44.4% on three-point shooting during his second NBA season. On February 20, 2002, against the Houston Rockets, Redd made eight three-point field goals in the fourth quarter, a then-NBA record. In October 2002, he signed a four-year, $12 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks, but it was matched by the Bucks and he remained in Milwaukee. During the 2003–04 season, Redd's performance, amongst other reasons (ouster of Ray Allen to Seattle via a trade), was rewarded with full starter's duties and later earning averages of 21.7 points per contest en route to his first and only All-Star Game appearance.
After the 2004–05 season, Redd signed a new contract with the Bucks that lasted six years and was worth $91 million. He chose to stay with the Bucks over leaving for his home state team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a chance to play for less money with LeBron James.
In the 2006–07 season, Redd arguably had the best season of his career, averaging a career-high 26.7 points per game. That season, on November 11, 2006, Redd scored a career-high 57 points in a 113-111 loss to the Utah Jazz, breaking the single-game Bucks record for points scored set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971. Later that season, on March 4, 2007, Redd scored 52 points in an overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls. Despite his efforts, the Bucks struggled to win games, finishing 28–54 in the season.
The Milwaukee Bucks were dealt a devastating blow January 25, 2009, when they learned Redd would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Redd missed the rest of the 2008–09 season.
Redd returned for the Bucks to start the 2009–10 season, but during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 10, 2010, he re-tore his ACL and MCL in the same knee that he had injured almost a year earlier. It was announced the next day that he would once again be lost for the rest of the season.
On March 28, 2011, Redd was able to return to the Bucks after 14 months from the injury and recorded four assists in his return. On March 30, 2011, against the Toronto Raptors, Redd scored his first NBA basket since his return from injury. Redd played 10 games in the 2010–11 season. When he left Milwaukee, he had averaged 20 points per game in his 11 seasons with the team.
Phoenix Suns (2011–2012)
The Phoenix Suns signed Redd to a one-year contract on December 29, 2011. Redd made his debut for Phoenix on January 12, 2012, scoring 14 points in a loss to the Cavaliers. Redd returned to Milwaukee on February 7, 2012, scoring 14 points in the win over the Bucks. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. On March 18, 2012, Redd scored a season-high 25 points in a victory against the Houston Rockets. In his final NBA game on April 25, 2012, he scored 14 points in a 110–106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
On November 6, 2013, Redd announced his retirement from the NBA. In his retirement Redd has become an accomplished entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He also has a popular podcast called Betting On Yourself.
National team career
Redd frequently played for Team USA at the junior level and played in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, a qualifying tournament for the 2008 Summer Olympics. He averaged over 15 points throughout the competition. During the team's game against Puerto Rico, Redd set the qualifying record for most 3-pointers made in one game. He also set the record of most three-pointers made in the whole tournament (28) surpassing Penny Hardaway who had the previous record of 22. Redd participated in the 2008 Olympics as the team went unbeaten on the way to winning back the gold medal after defeating 2006 FIBA World Championship winners Spain and living up to their "Redeem Team" moniker after missing out on gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Redd, a devout Christian, bought a church building for his father's ministry as the first purchase after signing his contract worth $91 million over six years. The church was newly named Philadelphia Deliverance Church of Christ built in his hometown of Columbus.
Redd, via NCT Ventures, invested in Azoti, an Ohio startup that connects producers and buyers of food.
In pop culture
Rapper Nelly name-dropped Redd along with fellow NBA players Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Allen Iverson—as well as NFL players Julius Peppers, Ray Lewis, and Peyton Manning—in the song "Heart of a Champion," the first track on 2004 album Sweat. Early in the song's second verse, Nelly says: "... I get Buck like Michael Redd--tell 'em again: I gets Buck like Michael Redd. Heard what I said?" Upon Peppers' surefire election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame once eligible, Redd would be the only athlete name-dropped in the song who did not make his sport's hall of fame.
- All-NBA Third Team: 2004
- NBA All-Star: 2004
- Held NBA record for most three-point field goals made in one quarter with 8 in the fourth quarter (February 20, 2002 vs. Houston Rockets); since broken by Klay Thompson on January 23, 2015.
- 5th on Milwaukee Bucks all-time points list, 5th in Milwaukee Bucks all-time scoring avg.
- Won the 1998, 1999, and 2000 Ohio State Most Valuable Player awards.
- Was 1999–00 All-Big Ten First Team in college.
- Scored a playoff career-high of 40 points against the Detroit Pistons on April 29, 2006.
- Named to the USA Olympic basketball team.
- Gold medal with Team USA, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
- Gold medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympic Games
- Scored a career-high and Milwaukee Bucks franchise record 57 points against the Utah Jazz on November 11, 2006.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Due to rules violations under Ohio State head coach Jim O'Brien, Ohio State's appearance in this tournament was stricken from NCAA records.
- "Redd Expected to Suit Up for Bucks". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. The Associated Press. October 16, 2002. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Stein, Marc (October 14, 2002). "NBA - Mavericks sign Bucks' Redd to $12M offer sheet". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Bucks keep Redd away from Mavericks". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 14, 2002. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Disgruntled Bell back as Bucks open training camp". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 2, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Redd's record 57 points can't carry Bucks over Jazz". ESPN.com. November 11, 2006. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
- "Bulls get career high from Gordon to beat Bucks in OT". ESPN.com. March 4, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
- "2006-07 Milwaukee Bucks Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
- "Bucks' Redd done for year with torn ACL/MCL". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 26, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Bucks' Redd out for season with injured left knee". NBA.com. Associated Press. January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015.
- "Redd tears ACL, MCL in left knee". ESPN.com. January 11, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- Coro, Paul (December 29, 2011). "Phoenix Suns sign guard Michael Redd". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
- "Cavaliers at Suns". NBA.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Happy homecoming: Redd helps Suns down Bucks". Arizona Sports. February 8, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "Postgame Central: Suns Vs. Rockets". NBA.com. March 18, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Michael Redd 2011-12 Game Log". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
- "Ex-Bucks star Redd to retire in Milwaukee". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 5, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Michael Redd". Michael Redd. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- Hill, Glynn A. (July 22, 2021). "Milwaukee celebrates NBA championship and 'Bucks in Six Day' with a parade". Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
- Thamel, Pete (August 24, 2008). "USA Basketball Returns to the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "The Redeem Team quieted critics -- and it would beat the Dream Team". SI.com. August 24, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "Redd faces toughest challenge in leadership role". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 27, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Wojciechowski, Gene (November 15, 2005). "Michael Redd's twist of faith". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Mannes, John; Friedman, Rebecca (July 30, 2016). "10 most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends'". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- Michael Redd's House in Powell, OH (Google Maps) (#2) Retrieved May 21, 2018.
- "Heart of a Champion". YouTube.com. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
- Newton, David. "Julius Peppers should be 'no-brainer' as first-ballot Hall of Famer". ESPN. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
- "Players | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". ProFootballHOF.com. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
- "Hall of Famers". HoopHall.com. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
- Redd scores 40, Ford adds 15 assists in Bucks win
- "Jazz vs. Bucks - Game Recap - November 11, 2006". ESPN.com. November 11, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2017.