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Josh Richardson: ‘I’m capable of being a great player’

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Richardson hopes to become an All-Star.

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ESPN’s Zach Lowe has called Josh Richardson the Miami Heat’s best player. Now the former 2015 second-round pick has his own goal: to make the All-Star team.

In an article by the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, Richardson said that he’s “capable of being a great player in this league.” He mentioned that he wants to have the ball in more isolation situations and improve his offensive consistency.

Richardson’s own outlook mirrors what Lowe wrote about the Heat in his mid-season profile of the team, when the ESPN senior writer said, “some within the Heat are optimistic he can be a two-way star — something that would change their entire long-term picture.”

Some Heat fans believe that this team is in the worst possible situation — headed for .500-level basketball for the foreseeable future, unable to draft star players and without the cap space to sign one. To me, they have two positives moving forward — their young triumvirate of Richardson, Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow, and a great coach. Richardson certainly has the ability to become a star who can lock down opposing players and score close to 20 points a night.

Part of the reason I hope Dwyane Wade stays with the Heat is to mentor Richardson for another season. He’s already great defensively, but he still pulls a disappearing act offensively in some games. Hopefully work with Spoelstra, Wade and Pat Riley will propel him to reach his ultimate potential.