Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson
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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.
Personal Bio

Joshua Michael Richardson was born in Edmond, Oklahoma, to Michael and Alice Richardson. He has an older sister, Alex, who played both volleyball and basketball in college. Josh attended and played basketball at Santa Fe High School in Edmond. During his senior year, he posted per-game averages of 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Richardson was subsequently named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Large West All-State Team and The Oklahoman's Super 5 first team. As a college student and basketball player with the University of Tennessee, Richardson participated in exhibition tours of Poland, Germany and Jamaica with Athletes in Action. After reaching the NBA, he held a free two-day youth basketball camp in his hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma, in the summers of 2017 and 2018. Learn more about Richardson by following him on Twitter (@J_Rich1) and on Instagram (@jrich_0).

College/International Summary

Richardson spent four seasons with Tennessee and started all but one game during his last three college campaigns. The 6-foot-6 guard started nine games in the middle of his freshman season for coach Cuonzo Martin. He played sparingly through the season, though, and averaged just 2.9 points. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and put up 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for a team that was led by Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes. Richardson scored 20 points for the first time in a loss to Memphis. The guard provided 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in his junior season. He scored a career-high 26 points in a NCAA Tournament win over Mercer. Martin left Tennessee prior to Richardson's senior season and the guard was given a prominent offensive role by new coach Donnie Tyndall. The guard led the Volunteers with 16.0 points per game, to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He powered in 30 points in a loss to Mississippi State. He earned recognition through All-SEC First Team and as a Defensive All-American. Richardson closed his career ranked in the top ten in school history in games, starts, minutes and steals. He was chosen in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat.

Struggles to end season
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 24, 2020
Richardson posted 14 points (2-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 series-ending loss to Boston.
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The 76ers have nothing to show once again after falling at the first playoff hurdle. Richardson came into the season hoping to build on the previous year's 16.6 points per game, but his scoring average fell to 13.7 points and he put up the second-worst three-point shooting (34.1 percent) of his career. Still only 26 years of age, Richardson has time on his side, but he'll need to bounce back to his 2018-19 level to be anything more than roster filler for fantasy purposes.
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2019

In his fifth NBA season, and first with the 76ers, Richardson appeared in 55 games and made 53 starts. In 30.8 minutes per game, Richardson averaged 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. In his 76ers debut on Oct. 23 against Boston, Richardson posted 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 33 minutes. He had his first 20-point game of the season on Nov. 6 against Utah, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Overall, Richardson scored at least 20 points on 11 occasions. He crossed the 30-point plateau twice, including posting a season-high 34 points against the Trail Blazers on Aug. 9. In a Nov. 23 win over Miami, Richardson finished with 32 points and four assists. He handed out a season-high eight assists against Houston on Jan. 3. In a win over Minnesota on Oct. 30, Richardson registered a season-high four steals. The Tennessee product appeared in all four games for the 76ers in Round 1 of the playoffs against the Celtics. For the series, Richardson averaged 16.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. In Game 3, Richardson finished with 17 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 42 minutes.

2018

Richardson started 73 games for the Heat during the 2018-2019 season. Towards the end of the season, he missed seven of the last eight games with an injury. He averaged a career-high 16.6 points per game. Richardson also set new career highs in terms of minutes per game (34.8), assists per game (4.1) and rebounds per game (3.6). On Feb. 10, he scored a career-high 37 points against the Golden State Warriors. The same game also saw him set a new career high in three-pointers with eight. Richardson set a new career high in assists with nine against the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 12. He matched that total against on Feb. 25 against the Phoenix Suns. Richardson pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds as part of a 115-91 victory over the Orlando Magic. His led the Heat with 1,209 total points. Richardson also finished with 79 total steals, which also led the team. He was traded to the 76ers during the offseason as part of the Jimmy Butler trade.

2017

After a variety of injuries limited him to just 53 games in the 2016-17 campaign, Richardson played in 81 of Miami's 82 games in 2017-18 and started each one of them. All told, Richardson played 2,689 minutes, good for 16th in the NBA. The improvement in his overall game was remarkable. Seeing 33.2 minutes per game, Richardson became the engine for everything the Heat sought to accomplish at both ends of the floor. That led to career-high marks of 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He also drained 84.5 percent of his free throws while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Defensively, the former University of Tennessee product has quickly established a reputation as one of the league's best thieves. Richardson averaged 1.5 steals per game last season, and his 121 total thefts placed him sixth in the league. He posted three or more steals on 18 separate occasions. Richardson saved his best effort for the biggest spot, as he posted a career-high seven steals in Game 4 of Miami's first-round playoff series against the Sixers.

2016

In Richardson's second season in the NBA, he appeared in 53 games for the Miami Heat. He started 34 of those contests. Richardson averaged career highs across the board with 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per tilt. He scored in double figures on 26 occasions. Richardson tied a career high with 22 points versus Oklahoma City on Dec. 27. He snatched a career-best eight rebounds at Sacramento on Jan. 4. He registered at least five assists on six different occasions, including a career-best eight dimes at Boston on Dec. 30. Richardson also posted three outings with five steals. Richardson's best month was April. In six games that month, he averaged 15.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.3 steals per contest.

2015

The 40th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Tennessee, Richardson carved out a nice role in his rookie season with the Heat. He appeared in 52 games -- including two starts -- while averaging 21.3 minutes per night. Richardson's game improved by leaps and bounds as the season progressed. After receiving sporadic playing time in the early going, Richardson really took off in mid-February. He averaged 30.0 minutes per game over the course of Miami's final 26 regular-season games, delivering 11.0 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting -- including an incredible 53.5 percent from 3-point range. Richardson also proved to be a valuable contributor for the Heat in the postseason, seeing action in all 14 games of their playoff run and scoring in double digits three times, highlighted by a 15-point effort in Game 2 of the first round against the Hornets.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Miami Heat in the 2nd round (40th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • August 3, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract with the Miami Heat.
  • September 18, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Miami Heat.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Miami Heat to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Los Angeles Clippers traded cash to the Heat; the Heat traded a 2023 1st round draft pick to the Clippers; the Heat traded Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers; the 76ers traded Mathias Lessort to the Clippers; the 76ers traded Jimmy Butler to the Heat; the Trail Blazers traded Maurice Harkless to the Clippers; and the Trail Blazers traded Meyers Leonard to the Heat.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Scores 18 points in Game 1 loss
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 17, 2020
Richardson scored 18 points (7-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding six rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes during Monday's 109-101 Game 1 loss against the Celtics.
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Scores 10 in 24 minutes
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 12, 2020
Richardson (rest) managed 10 points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 125-121 loss to the Raptors.
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Playing Wednesday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 12, 2020
Richardson (rest) will play Wednesday against the Raptors, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Resting vs. Suns
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Rest
August 10, 2020
Richardson will be rested for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Jon Johnson of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
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Scores season-high 34
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 9, 2020
Richardson recorded 34 points (13-20 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 38 minutes during Sunday's 124-121 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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