Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson
26-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Richardson is coming off a breakout campaign in which he contributed career highs in points (16.6), assists (4.1), rebounds (3.6), made threes (2.2) and minutes (34.8) per game. He also converted a career-best 86.1 percent from the charity stripe. Though his field goal and three-point shooting percentages were both below his career marks, he committed only 1.5 turnovers per showing after posting 2.9 assists versus 1.7 turnovers in 2017-18. It's fair to wonder whether Richardson will be able to maintain or improve upon those impressive offensive counting stats since he's now more of a fourth or even fifth option for the 76ers, rather than the primary option for the Heat. Still, Richardson could benefit from an efficiency standpoint while turning in more steals and blocks given that his likely role as a complementary offensive player will theoretically allow him to allocate more of his energy to the defensive end. Even if a slight regression is to be expected, Richardson remains an appealing option in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts thanks to his well-rounded skillset and willingness to get after it on both ends of the court. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $41.97 million contract extension with the Heat in September of 2017. Traded to the 76ers in July of 2019. Contract includes $11.62 million player option for 2021-22.
Solid showing at both guard spots
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 13, 2019
Richardson tallied 13 points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds and five steals across 26 minutes during the 76ers' 126-94 preseason win over the Magic on Sunday.
Richardson was outstanding on the defensive end and logged minutes at both backcourt spots as he continues to acclimate to his new squad. The 26-year-old projects for an important complementary role in the coming season along high-usage incumbents Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After injuries limited him to 53 games in 2016-17, Richardson was able to stay healthy last year and start all 81 of his appearances. He was one of the biggest surprises in Fantasy, turning in a top-40 season in many formats. Seeing 33.2 minutes per tilt, the Tennessee product averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a combined 2.4 steals/blocks. He also shot a solid 45.1 percent from the field, an impressive 84.5 percent from the charity stripe, and knocked down 1.6 threes per game at 37.8 percent. The 24-year-old will presumably occupy a starting role again this season, and the possibility remains of him improving across the board once more. Optimists could justify selecting Richardson in the third round of a Fantasy draft, though the integration of Dion Waiters back into the rotation following ankle surgery could drive Richardson’s usage down.
Richardson struggled shooting the ball last season, hitting just 39.4 percent of his overall looks and 33.0 percent of his attempts from deep for 10.2 PPG. His inefficiency is somewhat unusual considering he was pegged as a scorer out of college and shot 45.2 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from three during his rookie campaign for 6.6 PPG. He also played just 53 games last season while dealing with foot and ankle issues, which could have contributed to his poor shooting to some extent. Other than his scoring, Richardson averaged a subpar statline of 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals across 30.5 minutes per game. He was also given that substantial workload largely of a result of the Heat’s backcourt being decimated by injury throughout the year, especially the loss of Justice Winslow for all but 18 contests. So, while it’s possible that Richardson will make some strides in his game, it appears that he could very well suffer a decreased workload. Considering he had little Fantasy value while garnering starter’s minutes, Richardson’s Fantasy value has the potential to be quite low during the 2017-18 campaign.
Richardson was the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft after spending four years playing at the University of Tennessee. He grew into an effective scorer by his senior year, where he averaged 16.0 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. Richardson wasn't as impressive in the summer league, as he shot just 39 percent from the field in 10 games, but he still showed flashes of potential and managed to average 11.8 points per game. As he enters his rookie season, the 21-year-old will be fighting for court time with fellow shooting guards Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, with All-Star Dwyane Wade firmly ahead of them all. Should Richardson earn court time this season, he likely won't be able to do much besides score the ball, and it's possible he could see some time in the D-League this year given the depth the team currently has at the position. Nevertheless, given Richardson's size for his position and scoring ability, he could potentially work his way into the rotation in the near future.
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To see minutes at point guard
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 13, 2019
Richardson will see time as the Sixers' backup point guard Sunday against Orlando, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Team-high scoring tally in win
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 12, 2019
Richardson poured in 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and added four assists, two rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 25 minutes during the 76ers' 100-87 preseason win over the Hornets on Friday.
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Showcases range in blowout win
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 8, 2019
Richardson collected 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two steals over 22 minutes Tuesday against the Guangzhou Long-Lions.
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Dealt to Philly in Butler deal
GPhiladelphia 76ers
June 30, 2019
Richardson was shipped to the 76ers on Sunday in the Heat's sign-and-trade deal for Jimmy Butler, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out finale
GMiami Heat
April 10, 2019
Richardson (groin) is listed as out for Wednesday's season finale against the Nets.
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