Josh Richardson recently signed a 4 year, $42 million dollar extension with the Heat. This locks him in as one of the Heat’s focal points for the future. Richardson is a great talent. He not only contributes on offense, but is a solid defender. His ability to thrive as both a shooting guard and point guard makes him versatile. The contract is justified given his potential, but after a season dragged down by injury there could be some room for worry.
Last season Josh Richardson played only 53 games, averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. Those are very solid numbers, especially given what kind of injuries Richardson dealt with. Last September Josh tore his MCL. After recovering from that injury, he sprained his ankle in January and missed a lot of time. When he returned he looked rusty, but eventually pulled things together and finished the season on a high note.
In the last 6 games of the season he averaged 15 points, 3 assists and 2.3 steals a game. That’s the Josh Richardson Miami has invested in with this contract extension. Josh is incredibly versatile, watching his highlights versus the Hornets in April of last season make this evident.
Josh has a sweet shooting stroke. When his shots are falling he catches fire quickly and is a force to be reckoned with. With Dragic at the helm, Josh should have opportunities to heat up early in games and if that’s the case he’s dangerous.
Though he didn’t show it off as much when he returned from injury, Richardson is very explosive. He has the ability to finish strong at the rim and finish consistently. Also, even though he didn’t show it off much last season, Richardson can dunk with the best of them given the opportunity.
Even though his skill-set resembles more of a shooting guard, Josh is also a capable point guard. He has solid court vision and is able to make good decisions as plays unfold. If needed he’s more than a capable backup facilitator.
As of right now (assuming Wade doesn’t return) Josh has a clear role carved out on the Heat. The Heat have bought into his potential and there’s no reason why Richardson can’t be a strong two way player in the league. He will surprise many this season.