It would be easy to pick Stephen Curry as the NBA's best shooter of the month, but we're looking for an alternative for the month of December. We think we found one in J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Curry made one more three-pointer (46 to 45) and had a better field goal percentage (51 percent to 49) than Redick but Redick had a better percentage from three (50 percent to 45) and at the free throw line (89 percent to 84), so he's our Shooting Star for the month of December.
For the month, Redick made half of his shots from beyond the arc, 45-of-90. That didn't lead the NBA, but it was the best among the 27 players who made more than 30 3-pointers for the month. He was the only player to attempt at least 65 3-pointers and make at least half of them (Omri Casspi was 32-of-64).
Redick's 45 three-pointers were tied with Wesley Matthews for the sixth-most threes in the final month of 2015. It was the fourth time in his career, and the third time in the last two seasons, that Redick made at least 45 threes in a calendar month.
Redick fared best when given halftime to rest up. Nineteen of Redick’s 45 threes came in the third quarter, the most by a player following halftime. Only C.J. McCollum had more three-pointers in a single quarter in December (22 in the first quarter of games). McCollum (83) was also the only player with more “long twos” and threes (shots from at least 16 feet out) than Redick (76).
Over the last four games of December, Redick averaged 21 points per game, tied for his best scoring average over a four-game stretch this season. He scored 25 points and made at least four three-pointers in three of those games. The Clippers won all four and finished the month 11-5 despite playing only five games at Staples Center.