For those unaware, he can also demolish opposing bigs who get in his way:
Given its myriad injuries, from Chris Bosh to Tyler Johnson to Beno Udrih, Miami needs two-way help wherever it can find some. Richardson is stepping up at the right time. The Heat couldn’t be happier with his on-court production, but they’re probably even more pleased with his long-term economic value:
Want some awesome news? Heat signed Josh Richardson to the best contract possible: 3 years at minimum salary (non-guaranteed for next two)!
No, Richardson is not the difference between Miami getting swept in the first round and toppling LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Round 2 (something they absolutely cannot do without a healthy Bosh). But the second-round pick symbolizes just how shrewd the Heat can be.
Not only did they find a long, versatile ballhandler who was passed over by every other team in the league, but they signed him to an extremely team-friendly deal, then instilled enough confidence in him that he’s now contributing in meaningful games.
Josh Richardson will be renegotiating a new contract during the next timeout.
There’s always a chance Richardson’s recent shooting splits are a complete aberration — there’s no way he stays this accurate for the rest of the season — but the mere fact that he’s strung together this many quality performances when Miami needs him the most is definitely a positive sign.
Remember talking to Chet Kammerer about Josh Richardson at summer league. "He's pretty good, huh?"