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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 Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

How does Josh Richardson fit with the Dallas Mavericks?

The Mavs want a plus perimeter defender to start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic. Richardson fits that bill. Dallas has primarily used him on the opposition’s lead playmaker this season. JRich is not locking those options down, but he has held his own. Having a 6’5 guard starting with Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber has allowed the Mavericks to switch more and become more versatile.

Dallas wants to surround their 22-year-old star with shooters, but Richardson is hitting around 34.0 percent from three for the second straight season. Many blamed the Sixers spacing issues for his shooting drop in 2020, but the Mavs do not have that problem. JRich has improved in recent games, but his 3-point percentage is something to watch down the stretch.

The biggest disappointment in the 27-year-old’s game this season has been his lack of playmaking. The Mavericks would love to get the ball out of Luka’s hands for a few possessions each night. Richardson has brought the ball up on occasion, but his playmaking has not returned to where it was in Miami.

Josh Richardson fits what the Dallas Mavericks are trying to build, but he may not be the perfect option. His inconsistency has to be worrying as the playoffs approach.

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