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Welcome to Philadelphia: Statistical Overview of Josh Richardson

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Taking his talents from South Beach, a look at the numbers behind the high-upside wing

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In the second of the descriptive overviews of incoming FA (Al Horford here), we take a look at Josh Richardson, the swingman from the Heat.

Josh Richardson (2018-19)

Table 1: Josh Richardson Overview

Season G PTS REB AST FG% FG3% eFG% FT% PIPM
Season G PTS REB AST FG% FG3% eFG% FT% PIPM
2018-19 73 16.6 3.6 4.1 41.2 35.7 49.2 86.1 0.97
Career 259 12.1 3.2 2.9 42.5 36.8 50.3 82.1 -

Scoring

Josh is a heavily left-sided player, with his high usage spots coming from the left above break 3, wing, and corner, as well as at the rim. Whether this is due a player preference or his former role in Miami’s offense is not known to me.

Unsurprisingly, he shots well from his spots on the left side of the floor. His weakness as a right corner shooter is likely in part due to a small number of attempts.

Creation & Dependence

Much like his overall shot chart, Richardson’s made shots off assists show a heavily left-sided distribution.

In contrast, he creates for others in a relatively uniform manner across the floor.

You can reference the initial Horford overview for a description of the below chart. Richardson is a slightly dependent player, which totally makes sense as a 3-point shooter with some budding playmaker chops. He was in the 72nd percentile overall.

Gravity

Again, reference the Horford overview for a fleshed-out description of this chart. What’s interesting here is that you can without a doubt see his left-side dominance, but also that he has relatively low gravity at the rim. However, his gravity minimums at the left wing 3 bodes well given that the man he is replacing, JJ Redick, had huge gravity (-1.0) at his primary 3-point area. As a reminder, JJ Redick is one of the absolute best three point shooters of the modern era. If this is 404’ing for you, wait a second so the background ads and such need to load first it seems.

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Contract

2019-20: $10,116,576

2020-21: $10,865,952

2021-22: $11,615,328 (Player Option)

2022-23: UFA