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Was drafted by the HEAT in the second round (40th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft…signed by the HEAT on Aug. 3, 2015…signed a multi-year contract extension on Sept. 18, 2017.
Has appeared in 105 NBA regular season games (36 starts) during his two-year career and has averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.91 steals and 25.9 minutes while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, 37.4 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent from the line…has missed 27 games due to injury/illness, 23 games as a DNP-CD, five games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and four games while on an NBA G League assignment…captured NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors once…has scored in double figures 40 times, including three games with at least 20 points…his career high for consecutive games with a three-point field goal made is 10, twice (last: Dec. 20, 2016-Jan. 6, 2017)…has 35 multi-trey games…ranks 16th on the HEAT’s all-time three-point field goal percentage list…his career high for consecutive games with a steal is seven (Dec. 23, 2016-Jan. 4, 2017)…has 25 multi-steal and 13 multi-block games…has come off the bench in all 14 NBA Playoff games in which he’s appeared and has averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.93 blocks and 27.6 minutes while shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the foul line…scored in double figures in NBA postseason play three times…started all four NBA G League games in which he appeared and averaged 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.50 steals and 38.3 minutes while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent from the foul line.
Appeared in 53 games (34 starts) for the HEAT and averaged 10.2 points (.394 FG%, .779 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.13 steals and 30.5 minutes…officially missed a total of 27 games due to injury and was a DNP-CD twice in games in which he dressed but was available only in an emergency…missed the first four games of the season (Oct. 26-Nov. 1) with a sprained right MCL…sat out six games (Dec. 1-9) due to a sprained right ankle (two of which he dressed and was officially listed as a DNP-CD) and 19 games (Jan. 8-Feb. 15) with a left foot sprain…among all NBA guards who defended at least 300 shots he was 9th-best limiting the player he was guarding to 41 percent shooting (215-524)…set single-season career highs in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, offensive, defensive and total rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, minutes played, games played and starts…topped the HEAT in scoring three times and also led the team in steals 15 times, in minutes 13 times, in blocks on 11 occasions, in assists 10 times, in plus/minus five times and in rebounds once…was the HEAT’s leading scorer off the bench twice and also led the Miami reserves in steals seven times, in plus/minus six times, in assists and rebounds five times each, in blocks four times and in minutes twice…scored in double figures on 26 occasions, including a pair of 20-point performances…hit multiple three-point field goals in a game a career-high 22 times…matched his career high by hitting a three-point field goal in 10 straight games from Dec. 20-Jan. 6…recorded a steal in a career-high seven consecutive games from Dec. 23-Jan. 4…matched his career high with 22 points vs. Oklahoma City on Dec. 27…recorded a career-high five steals at New York on Mar. 29 and matched that total two more times (Apr. 8 at Washington and Apr. 10 vs. Cleveland)…played a career-high 46:20 minutes vs. Cleveland on Apr. 10…Seasons Highs: 22 points (vs. Oklahoma City, Dec. 27), eight rebounds (twice), eight assists (twice), five steals (three times), three blocks (three times) and 46:20 minutes (vs. Cleveland, Apr. 10).
Split the season between the Miami HEAT and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League…appeared in 52 games (two starts) for the HEAT and averaged 6.6 points (.452 FG%, .667 FT%), 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 21.3 minutes…did not miss any games to injury/illness but was a DNP-CD on 21 occasions, a healthy scratch on the inactive list five times and missed another four games while on assignment to the Skyforce...was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March becoming just the third rookie in franchise history to claim the monthly honors, joining Caron Butler and Michael Beasley, after leading all rookies in plus/minus (+66), three-point field goals made (33) and three-point field goal percentage (.589) while averaging 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.13 steals and shooting 53.2 percent from the floor for the month…his 58.9 percent accuracy (33-56) from three-point range in the month of March marked the second-highest percentage for a single-month by any player in NBA history (minimum 50 attempts)…his 46.1 percent accuracy from three-point range for the season is tied for the third-highest by any rookie in NBA history (minimum 100 attempts)…his 46.1 percent three-point accuracy marks the fourth-highest single-season mark in franchise history and the best by a rookie…his 53 three-point field goals made represent the fourth-highest single-season mark by a rookie in franchise history…led all rookies in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and also ranked among the rookie leaders in scoring average (13th) and assists per game (16th)…led the HEAT in three-point field goal percentage…topped the team in scoring once, in steals 10 times, in minutes six times, in blocks on four occasions and in assists twice…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench on eight occasions and also topped the HEAT reserves in assists 19 times, in steals 18 times, in minutes 11 times, in blocks on seven occasions and in rebounds once…scored in double figures on 14 occasions, including one 20-point effort...hit at least one three-point field goal in a career-high 10 consecutive games from Mar. 1-19…had multiple treys in a game 13 times...had 11 multi-steal games and four multi-block games…became just the fifth rookie in franchise history with at least 25 three-point field goals made and 25 blocks…made his NBA debut on Nov. 5 at Minnesota…made his first career NBA start vs. Utah on Nov. 12 and tallied eight points and three rebounds in 20:46 of action…started all four games in which he appeared for the Skyforce and averaged 23.3 points (.473 FG%, .706 FT%), 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.50 steals and 38.3 minutes…scored in double figures in all four games he played for the Skyforce, including three games with at least 20 points and one 30-point outing…was named to the NBADLeague.com All-Showcase First Team…NBA Season Highs: 22 points (at Chicago, Mar. 11), six rebounds (twice), four assists (seven times), three steals (twice), three blocks (twice) and 38:14 minutes (vs. Brooklyn, Mar. 28).
2016: Came off the bench in all 14 games for the HEAT and averaged 6.6 points (.371 FG%, .714 FT%), 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.93 blocks and 27.6 minutes…ranked second on the team in three-point field goals made and tied for second in three-point field goals attempted and blocks…topped the HEAT in minutes, steals and blocks once each…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench a team-high six times and also topped the HEAT reserves in minutes and assists 10 times each, in blocks nine times, in steals on five occasions and in rebounds three times…scored in double figures three times…averaged 6.4 points (.314 FG%, .600 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 28.9 minutes in the Opening Round series vs. Charlotte…made his NBA postseason debut in Game 1 vs. Charlotte and tallied eight points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34:41 of action…averaged 6.9 points (.447 FG%, .778 FT%), 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.00 blocks and 26.4 minutes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Toronto.
Played four seasons at the University of Tennessee, appearing in 136 games (110 starts) with the Volunteers and averaged 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.08 steals and 28.2 minutes while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 75.8 percent from the foul line…finished his collegiate career ranked among the Volunteers’ all-time leaders in games played (3rd), minutes (9th), games started (9th), steals (10th), blocks (16th) and points (28th)…as a senior in 2014-15, appeared in 32 games (all starts) and averaged 16.0 points (.461 FG%, .798 FT%), 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.09 steals and 36.3 minutes while shooting a career-high 35.9 percent from three-point range…named to both the Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC First Team…selected to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team and SEC All-Defensive Team…earned SEC Community Service Team honors…named Co-National Player of the Week and the SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 15, 2014…recorded 67 steals, tying the most ever by a Tennessee senior and tied for the third-most ever during a single-season in school history…led the team in points, assists, steals, minutes, field goals made, three-point field goals made and free throws made…topped the team in points and assists 20 times each and in steals on 15 occasions…scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 20 at South Carolina, becoming the 47th Volunteer to reach that plateau…as a junior in 2013-14, appeared in 37 games (36 starts) and averaged 10.3 points (.474 FG%, .793 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 30.3 minutes while shooting 34 percent from three-point range…named to the SEC All-Defensive Team…he helped Tennessee reach the Sweet 16 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament…in UT’s four 2014 NCAA Tournament games he led the team in field goal percentage (.619) and assists (3.0) and was the Vols’ second leading scorer (19.3 ppg)…scored a season-high 26 points in Tennessee’s NCAA Tournament win over Mercer…finished second on the team during his junior season in steals and three-point field goals made and third in points, blocks, field goals made and minutes…as a sophomore in 2012-13, appeared in 33 games (all starts) and averaged 7.9 points (.469 FG%, .692 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.06 steals and 30.7 minutes…led Tennessee in steals…finished second on the team in rebounds and minutes and third in assists and blocks…as a freshman in 2011-12, appeared in 34 games (nine starts) and averaged 2.9 points (.353 FG%, .640 FT%), 1.4 rebounds and 16.0 minutes…tied for the most games played on the team…made his first collegiate start on Jan. 7 against 13th-ranked Florida, totaling seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block in the upset win.
Full name is Joshua Michael Richardson…goes by the nicknames “J-Rich”, “Slim” and “JR”…is the son of Michael and Alice Richardson…his father is a retired Oklahoma City firefighter…his mother is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force reserves and is an active ordained Baptist minister…has an older sister (Alex Richardson) who played one year of basketball at Oklahoma State University before transferring to Central Oklahoma University where she played both basketball and volleyball…graduated Tennessee in May 2015 with a degree in psychology…in his spare time he enjoys playing the classical piano, playing video games, riding a longboard or taking a nap…lists his Sweet 16 ring as his most prized possession…did an internship with the NBA Basketball Operations department in August of 2017…held a free youth basketball camp back in his hometown of Edmonds, OK in June 2017…in August 2013 he participated in a five-game exhibition tour of Jamaica with Athletes in Action and averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.6 assists…in June 2012 he participated in a six-game tour of Poland and Germany for Athletes in Action…his favorite sport other than basketball is soccer and he’s a fan of Arsenal…says something most people don’t know about him is that he likes classic rock…wears size 14 sneakers.