Dallas Mavericks with everything to prove in the playoffs: 3. Josh Richardson
After being eliminated by the LA Clippers in the first-round last postseason, the Mavs had one goal in mind during the offseason. They wanted to upgrade their defense and toughness. The Mavericks made a draft-night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Josh Richardson and a second-round pick in exchange for Seth Curry.
The Mavs made the move with hopes that Richardson would thrive offensively playing alongside Luka Doncic and that he would defend the opposing team’s best backcourt player.
This, however, has not been the case for Richardson. He is averaging 12.1 points while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from three. Richardson’s offensive woes have left him nearly unplayable in crunch time.
Josh Richardson has come off the bench for the last three games of the regular season and has even lost minutes to rookie Josh Green. Richardson can still prove himself to be a valuable defensive asset for the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs, regardless of if he starts or comes off the bench. The Clippers play three-point guards, so Richardson should get ample opportunities to showcase both his toughness and defense.
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