While most of the talk surrounding the 76ers has been about the departure of Jimmy Butler, another loss could even have a bigger impact on the team.

Veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick will be a major loss to the offense and more specifically to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Redick signed a two-year $26.5 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of free agency.

Without him, the offense will look drastically different next season and it probably won’t be for the better.

A Deadly Offensive Weapon

Redick received much criticism regarding his defense, especially in the playoffs.

Teams including the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics exposed his lack of quickness and size to present matchup problems.

But for what he lacked in lock-down defense, he made up for in terrific offense.

Redick was a perfect compliment to both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid which can’t be overstated.

When Simmons ran in transition, Redick always filled his lane and was always ready to shoot a three-point shot. He gave Simmons an option if he needed to kick the ball out of the paint.

In two seasons with the Sixers, he shot 40 percent from three on 7.3 attempts per game via Basketball Reference. He averaged 17.6 points per game during his Sixers tenure, which was the most he averaged with any team in his career.

Head coach Brett Brown also relied on him late in games to make free throws. (He made about 90 percent of them).

JJ and JoJo

Perhaps one of the most unguardable plays in the league was the dribble handoff between Embiid and Redick.

It worked so effectively because of Redick’s off-ball movement paired with Embiid’s ability to set an effective screen. Those screens gave him enough space for a good look at the basket.

Opposing defenses often had to choose between Redick shooting a three or Embiid rolling toward the basket.

Those handoffs allowed Embiid to get easy looks at the basket, which allowed for less time having to use energy in the paint.

Redick’s shooting and floor spacing fit nicely with Simmons and Embiid. Brett Brown has his hands full trying to replace his production.

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