The Dallas Mavericks traded for Josh Richardson in the offseason. They sent out one of the best shooters in the league in Seth Curry to get JRich and a second-round pick. The Mavs had their sights set on improving their defense and taking the next step, but things have not gone according to plan.
Dallas is seventh in the Western Conference and facing the play-in tournament. They have moved up to 14th in defensive rating on the season, but it is not reflecting in the standings. They were hit hard by injuries and COVID issues early this season. Since Feb. 15, the Mavericks are 15-7 and sit third in the NBA in defensive rating. It took them a bit of time after getting healthy, but no team wants to face Dallas going forward.
Richardson has an $11.6 million player option for next season that he is expected to decline. Should the Mavs re-sign the 27-year-old to a long-term deal? Does he help Dallas jump into title contention? Let us take a closer look at what the Mavericks want before examining his game and fit in hopes of answering those questions.
Is Josh Richardson a long-term answer for the Dallas Mavericks?
The Mavs want to put shooters around Luka Doncic. They have made no secrets about trying to improve their perimeter defense and find a secondary creator that can lighten their star player’s offensive responsibility. Richardson ticks a lot of those boxes.
Let us take a closer look at his game before determining if the Mavericks should keep him in Dallas long-term.
Next: What does he bring?