Richardson does so much on both ends of the court, and it’s about time we recognized him for it.
Josh Richardson’s name is boring — I’ll give you that much. The two-way Miami Heat star might be the most underrated player in the league, but what if he was named Jacques Roberson? Or Jarvis Radagast? How about Juiceland Rihanna? You’d probably know his name then.
You should definitely know it regardless.
Richardson is one of the Heat’s two-way stars and was a huge reason behind Monday’s Game 2 win, a 113-103 affair where Richardson absolutely smothered his direct counterparts, namely Robert Covington and J.J. Redick. He’s a 6’6 wing who burst into the league two years ago as a high second rounder. As a rookie during the 2015-16 season, he semi-famously hit 46 percent behind the arc during 52 games off the bench, a performance fitting of his four-year career at the University of Tennessee. When he entered the league, he was ready.
Of course, Miami missed the playoffs last season, with their historical second-half rally coming just short of earning a postseason spot. Richardson fought through injuries during much of the season and started to earn himself a starting nod, spending 34 of his 53 games in the starting lineup, a campaign that set up this year’s. This season, Richardson played 81 games and started all of them.
This season was Richardson’s breakout in more than one way. He averaged the following career highs: minutes (33.2), points (12.9), two-point shooting (49.5 percent), assists (2.9), steals (1.5), and blocks (0.9). His True Shooting Percentage is slightly below league average, but his importance to Miami’s success is a must.
Richardson’s work against the Philly wings was crucial.
To appreciate the most underrated player in the league, you have to actually see him. I …read more