Dallas Mavericks: Josh Richardson has everything to prove in contract year
By Noah Rubinstein
What does Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Richardson still needs to prove?
The Mavs desperately need a consistent shot creator and playmaker in the lineup next to Luka. After averaging over four assists per game in Miami, Dallas hoped Richardson would be able to fill that void. Instead, Richardson’s assists are down to 2.7 per game, and he has struggled to create his own shot off the dribble at times this season.
Jalen Brunson has been able to pick up the slack, but the Mavericks could use a lot more playmaking from Richardson. If his 3-point shot starts to fall again, defenders may close out harder on Richardson which could open up his offense. Until then, he needs to prove he has the ability to take people off the dribble if JRich wants a pay raise this summer.
At 6’5, fans do not expect Richardson to pull down a plethora of rebounds, but he is averaging his lowest total rebounds per game. The Mavs are struggling on the glass and seem to give up clutch boards all the time. If Richardson can prove he can consistently play at high energy levels and secure more rebounds regardless of his shooting performance, Mavericks fans would be extremely grateful.
Josh Richardson needs to prove is that he is still an above-average 3-point shooter. The Mavs would love him to be their 3-and-D wing next to Luka, but he cannot fill that role without locking in his jumper. The Dallas Mavericks are in the bottom five in the NBA in 3-point percentage, and Josh Richardson is surprisingly one of the worst shooters on the team.
Any other improvements will be appreciated and welcomed by Dallas, but Josh Richardson needs to make his threes.