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On Sunday night, Milwaukee Bucks sharpshooter Michael Redd left the game with the Los Angeles Lakers due to a serious knee injury. Unfortunately, it was announced on Monday that he is done for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Redd has always been a scoring machine, averaging at least 21 ppg from 2003-04 until 2008-09. This year he played 18 games and averaged just 11.9 ppg while returning from last March's season-ending knee surgery.
The 6'6" guard has now missed a major portion of three of the last four seasons, playing just 176 of a possible 328 games. Because of his injury-prone status, even after he fights his way back from this knee problem, I can't recommend ever putting the 2008 Olympian on your roster.
With Redd no longer in the mix, Charlie Bell will start alongside rookie sensation Brandon Jennings. Also getting more playing time will be Luke Ridnour and Jodie Meeks.
Bell has never averaged more than 13.6 ppg in any of his six NBA seasons and doesn't figure to suddenly blossom into a star.
Meeks was a "big time" scorer at Kentucky but likely isn't ready for "prime time" yet. Plus, he's averaging 13 minutes-per-game and played just six minutes on Monday night in the first game after Redd's injury - a solid indication that coach Scott Skiles doesn't plan on giving him more court time.
Ridnour is more of a point guard than a scorer, but he should get a lot more playing time with Redd on the sidelines. Expect the team to use Jennings more at shooting guard to make room for Ridnour. During the first 35 games of the season, Ridnour averaged 21.5 mpg when Redd was playing and 23.7 mpg when Redd was out.
Jennings has been one of the big surprises in the NBA this season, averaging 18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.0 apg. But at 6'1" and just 165 lbs., he'll have more of a problem against bigger No.2 guards than he did while playing the point. He's already shooting just 38.9% from the field, so any drop would be painful to fantasy owners.
Still, it looks like Jennings and Ridnour will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Redd injury from a standpoint of shots and opportunities.
In Monday night's 105-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Jennings led the team with 18 shot attempts, while Ridnour hoisted up 13 shots in 32 minutes, third-most in the game.
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