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Michael Redd, born August 24, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio is an NBA player with the Milwaukee Bucks. Standing 6 feet 6 inches and 215 pounds, he has spent both his collegiate and professional career at shooting guard.
In the college ranks, he spent three years leading the offensive attack of Ohio State University, starting all 96 games he played in and garnering point averages of 21.9, 19.5, and 17.5, respectively. He was named Honorable Mention All-America his sophomore and junior seasons. Redd ranks fifth in both field goals made and points at Ohio State, and might've been able to go after the school record had he not decided to enter the draft following his junior year. Redd slipped to the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft as a second round pick (43rd overall) by the Bucks.
In his rookie year, he was not able to contribute immediately as in the depth chart he was behind NBA All-Star and current Seattle Sonic Ray Allen. 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 coach George Karl rewarded him with additional playing time. He did not disappoint as he earned averages of 11.4 points per contest as well as 44.4% on three point baskets.
A year later (2001–2002), he improved his average to a 15.1 points per contest while shooting 43.4% on three point baskets. Notably, it was this year that on February 20, 2002 against the Houston Rockets, Redd made eight three point field goals in the fourth quarter, a current NBA record.
In October, 2002, he signed a four-year $12m 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), he was rewarded with full starter's duties and later earning averages of 21.7 points per contest en route to his first and so far, only All-Star Game appearance.
After the 2004-2005 NBA season, Redd signed a new contract with the Bucks. The contract will last 6 years, and is worth 91 million dollars. He chose to stay with the Bucks over leaving for his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a chance to play with the NBA's biggest rising star, LeBron James.
After receiving the sparkling new contract with the Bucks, Redd, who is a devout Christian, bought his father a church with his first big purchase after signing. The church was newly named Philadelphia Deliverance Church of Christ built in his hometown of Columbus.
He is nicknamed "Silky" and resides in Columbus in the offseason.
Awards and Accomplishments
- All-NBA Third Team: 2004
- NBA All-Star: 2004
- Holds NBA record for most three-point field goals made in one quarter with 8 in the fourth period (February 20, 2002 vs. Houston Rockets).
- 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.
- Won the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 Milwaukee Bucks Most Valuable Player award.
- 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
- 2nd place for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, 2003.
- Scored a career-high and Milwaukee Bucks franchise record 57 points against the Utah Jazz on November 11, 2006.
- 3rd player behind Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant to have two 50 point games in 2006–2007 season with 57 against the Utah Jazz and 52 points against the Chicago Bulls
- Scored a playoff career high of 40 points against the Detroit Pistons on April 29th, 2006.