Maybe not in reality, but in the fantasy world, we look for undervalued or little-known assets to enjoy, and despite a rocky season with way too many mouths to feed in 2018-19, the Heat might have just the right number of small adjustments to make some fantasy noise next year.
October 15, 2019, 5:34 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid will join Josh Richardson, Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons.
It's unknown how much run Embiid will get in this one, but on a light DFS slate, he's one of the few stars suiting up.
Source: Marc Narducci on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 9:23 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson played well on Sunday in 26 minutes as he put up 13 points with five steals on 3-of-8 shooting.
He made six of his seven attempts from the stripe and added four rebounds and five assists to the box score. He should be a great addition to their team as he can play some backup point guard as well as starting shooting guard. He should be picked in the middle rounds as he has top-60 potential this season.
October 13, 2019, 11:45 amJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson will be getting the bulk of backup PG minutes in Sunday's preseason game against the Magic.
Coach Brett Briwn had previously talked about primarily playing Raul Neto and Trey Burke at the backup spot but it's clear that he is still considering Richardson's viability playing both there and at starting SG. If Richardson is able to make meaningful strides at securing more ball handling duties it could be a sneaky boon to his value.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 11:00 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson checked in with 18 points (7-for-14 shooting), four assists, three triples, three blocks and one steal in Friday's win over the Hornets.
Richardson is at his best in fantasy when he is providing out-of-position blocks and that's exactly what he did tonight. While he may not have as many scoring opportunities playing in a stacked Sixers lineup, his 3-and-D ability keeps him in the discussion as a mid-round pick.
October 8, 2019, 9:35 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson shot 6-for-9 from the field for 16 points with three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Guangzhou Long-Lions in preseason action on Tuesday.
Richardson was up to his efficient 3-and-D ways against the Chinese team in a blowout win. His ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him a nice target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
October 2, 2019, 8:25 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
When asked if he plans to use Josh Richardson as the team's primary backup PG, Brett Brown deffered to preferring a more traditional approach with Raul Neto and Trey Burke.
"My intention is to see what comes out of Raul and Trey, and look at that as a legitimate backup point guard thing,” said Brown. “I feel like incrementally to drip-feed Josh into the point guard role with the possibility that he could be that in the playoffs." Backup PG minutes have been the most contested thus far in Sixers camp. Though we should expect one of those two backup guards to play there to start the year, it sounds like Brown isn't afraid to go with Richardson in that spot too. Regardless, Richardson should have a hefty role as this team's primary perimeter defender, and is worth heavy consideration in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: The Athletic
July 1, 2019, 5:31 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson will be traded to the Sixers when Monday's sign-and-trade deal involving Jimmy Butler can be made official.
Richardson is a nice get for the Sixers, though how he adjusts to being the low man on the offensive totem pole remains to be seen. His shooting will be crucial to the success of Philly's starting five on offense, though his length and quickness will fit right in on what figures to be an elite defensive group. The likely decline in usage makes Richardson a less appealing fantasy target, but his stat set will still sustain legitimate value. The steals, blocks and threes will not dry up.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 9:30 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson will be traded to the Sixers as a result of Miami's sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
Richardson adds another strong defender to a team with a sky-high defensive ceiling, though he will be tasked with handling the spacing burden that J.J. Redick leaves behind. Fantasy owners might not be too happy about this as Richardson falls from one of the Heat's top options to the fourth or fifth guy in Philly on any given night, but he generates enough cash counters that he won't totally fall off the map. Miami has to deal more players than just J-Rich, so we'll see who else is destined for a new team as more details emerge.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 9:15 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler will sign a four-year, $142 million contract with the Heat as a result of Sunday's sign-and-trade, per Shams Charania.
Butler unexpectedly identified the Heat as his top destination earlier in the day, and things moved quickly to get him to South Beach. He's going to be a perfect fit with Miami's culture. The Heat will be sending Josh Richardson to Philly, but there are going to be other players headed out as well. We'll write it up as the news breaks.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 15, 2019, 10:03 amJosh RichardsonF, Miami Heat
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is considering making changes to the team’s offensive approach, and he recently spent considerable time with a college coach whose teams have consistently produced elite offensive numbers.
Spoelstra spent 5½ hours with Nova Southeastern University coach Jim Crutchfield who was named Division II Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and his 84.4 career winning percentage in Division II (405-75 record) tops those of legendary Division I coaches Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. The Heat finished this season 26th in the league in offensive efficiency, 26th in points per game (105.7) and 22nd in field-goal percentage (45.0). Spoelstra has picked the brains of numerous coaches during past offseasons, including former NFL and college coach Chip Kelly, but has always been reluctant to disclose the coaches with whom he meets.
Source: Miami Herald
April 10, 2019, 10:36 pmJosh RichardsonF, Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (left hip strain) finished an up and down season ranked inside the top-75 with per-game averages of 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.2 threes with a 41.2 field goal percentage and a 86.1 free throw rate.
While Richardson made significant leaps in points, assists and threes, he regressed in steals, blocks and field goal percentage. He looked like one of the best fantasy picks to start the season with November averages of more than 21 points and 2.9 threes, but he faded from there. J-Rich finished with per-game ranks of 72/66 in 8/9-cat leagues. With Dwyane Wade out of the picture, there’s a chance Richardson could carve out some more value, though the Heat will still have most of the same wings and ball-handlers next season.
April 10, 2019, 9:49 amJosh RichardsonF, Miami Heat
Josh Richardson traveled with the team to Brooklyn but will not play in the season finale on Wednesday.
There was some hope that he could return way before the initial two-week recovery timeline he was given but with the Heat officially eliminated from the playoffs there is no need to risk any further damage.
Source: Shandel Richardson on Twitter
April 8, 2019, 5:59 pmJosh RichardsonF, Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (left hip strain) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game with the Sixers.
Richardson was initially expected to be out two weeks, but he was also reported to be going for a re-evaluation today. Miami needs a ton of help in the playoff race so Richardson's season might be over, but either way we wouldn't expect to see him over the final two regular season games. Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Dion Waiters will make up most of the vacated playing time.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
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