Patience isn’t a luxury in professional sports, especially in basketball. So when Josh Richardson was slumping at the beginning of the season, it made sense for fans to be worried. After all, it didn’t make sense. Richardson was fantastic to end last season, but in his slump he shot a career worst from the field, 36% as well as from three point land, 26%.
A lot was said about Josh, but the fact of the matter is since breaking out of his slump Josh has become one of Miami’s most consistent players and a force at both ends of the floor. Over the last eight games, Josh has averaged 19.8 points per game, 4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. He has confidence in his shots, and is making great decisions. Also, the athleticism that was noticeable absent following his knee injury, looks like it’s returned fully.
Taking a look at Josh’s performance against Dallas a week ago, make a few things clear.
Josh is getting crafty. This isn’t solely in his shot selection either. His court vision has improved dramatically. This is evident as he comes off screens dishes it to an open man. These decisions create more offense for the Heat, and makes Josh more efficient. He has his head up all the time now, he’s not just looking to score, he’s looking to create.
Richardson has also added to his arsenal. It’s common knowledge that both Josh and TJ love the scoop layup, but he has really developed a strong post and midrange game. In scoring droughts, this becomes a huge problem for other teams, because it’s an easy way for Josh to score and when he heats up he’s a problem.
Josh Richardson is not a one trick pony. He’s a complete player who’s developing quickly. At 24 years old, he’s young enough to become the go-to guy in Miami going forward. If anything his play should bring confidence to Heat-Nation as Josh might be the star that the Heat have been looking for.