Josh Richardson 2016-17 Season Rundown
Photo Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler
Although Josh Richardson sustained a few injuries in his second season, the guard still managed to play 53 games, including 34 starts. Early on, Richardson worked hard to regain his rhythm after missing all of training camp and the first four games of the year due to a sprained right MCL. That said, the 23-year-old started to look like himself in late December, as he averaged 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals per contest over a three-game stretch from Dec. 27 – Dec. 30. Just when things were starting to look up, Richardson badly sprained his left foot in early January and missed 19 straight games.
Once again, it took a little time for him to get going upon his return, but he looked fantastic on both ends of the floor throughout the month of April. In fact, Richardson averaged 15.0 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.33 steals and 1.33 blocks per game on 53.1 percent shooting from deep in his final six outings. Not to mention, he tallied a 6.8 net rating over that same stretch. Hopefully Richardson can build upon his strong finish to the season and continue to hone his game.
They Said It (Quote):
“It was encouraging. I mean, when I feel 100 percent, I feel like that’s what I can do, so it [was] just difficult this year. But I just think this year gave me a good chance to grow in a lot of areas besides just on the court. If I can put all that together in the future, I think it could be very positive.” – Richardson on the way he finished the season
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