Dallas Mavericks: How Josh Richardson fits next to Luka Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks made upgrading their roster the top priority this offseason. They will no longer be happy with a first-round playoff exit. The Mavs want to build a title contender around Luka Doncic. Having a perennial MVP candidate is a fantastic start. Kristaps Porzingis gives them a second star, and they have a strong cast of role players but are a few pieces away from reaching that goal.
The LA Clippers exposed their flaws in the 2020 playoffs. Dallas needs to improve its perimeter defense and toughness plus add a secondary creator. The Mavs wasted little time crossing off those weaknesses this offseason.
They added two defensive-minded wings in the draft plus picked up one of the top shooters in the class. The Mavericks also traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and a draft pick that turned into Tyler Bey. How will the veteran fit in Dallas? Well, being able to play next to Luka and thrive is key. Here is a look at the fit between the two players.
How Josh Richardson fits next to Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic
The Mavs want to have specific players flanking Luka on the wings. They must space the floor and knock down open threes while being a secondary ball-handler and creator is a plus. The Mavericks need stout perimeter defenders to be a serious title threat too.
Let us examine those areas of Josh Richardson’s game before looking at his overall fit next to Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks.