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Dallas Mavericks: Is Josh Richardson a long-term answer for the Mavs?

Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What does Josh Richardson bring to the Dallas Mavericks?

The Mavs thought they were trading for an above-average defender with an above-average 3-point stroke that could serve as a secondary creator. Richardson averaged over four assists per game during his final season in Miami and is a career 36.0 percent shooter from long range. He has not been able to translate either skill to Dallas, though.

Richardson is averaging 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 31.9 minutes per game this season. All of those are his lowest numbers since 2017.

The 6’5 wing has been wildly inconsistent all season. He has scored single-digit points in a dozen games and over 20 five times. The Mavericks were hoping JRich would fit in as a third or fourth scorer, but they cannot consistently count on him.

His numbers have improved. Over the Mavs’ last 15 games, Richardson is shooting 41.4 percent on his threes, while averaging 3.2 assists per game. He missed nine games in January in the health and safety protocols and could just finally be meshing with his new team.

Richardson has been an above-average perimeter defender this season, but he is not the lockdown options the Dallas Mavericks desire. How does JRich fit moving forward?

Next: How does JRich fit?

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