Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson
25-Year-Old GuardG
Miami Heat
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Heat in September of 2017.
Scores 26 points in Saturday's win
GMiami Heat
January 19, 2019
Richardson recorded 26 points (10-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 win over the Bulls.
ANALYSIS
Richardson returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with an illness to deliver an extremely efficient scoring performance. He didn't provide his usual well-rounded line, contributing sparingly in the other categories. Nevertheless, Richardson has been among the league's most improved players and is maintaining career-high averages in points, rebounds, assists, made threes, and minutes per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
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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Will play Saturday
GMiami Heat
January 19, 2019
Richardson (illness) will play Saturday against the Bulls, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Downgraded to questionable
GMiami Heat
Illness
January 19, 2019
Richardson (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for Saturday's matchup against Chicago.
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Probable Saturday
GMiami Heat
Illness
January 19, 2019
Richardson (illness) has been upgraded to probable ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Bulls, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Friday
GMiami Heat
Illness
January 18, 2019
Richardson (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Detroit.
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Questionable with illness Friday
GMiami Heat
Illness
January 18, 2019
Richardson is questionable Friday against the Pistons due to an illness, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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