Josh Richardson eyeing Dwyane Wade shot-block record
Josh Richardson is fresh off an offseason where he able to garner a four-year, $42 million extension with the Miami Heat.
The 24-year-old has already put forth some lofty individual goals for this upcoming season with eyes set on leading all guards and small forwards in one particular category while surpassing All-Star Dwyane Wade in the process, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
“Last year, D-Wade was kind of like, ‘J-Rich is trying to break my shot-blocking record.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to break it. And I still believe I’m going to break it.’ I want to be the best at that.”
Of wanting to lead all guards and small forwards in blocks, Richardson said: “It’s definitely a goal. I want to be the best.
Richardson is coming off his most productive individual campaign where he averaged 10.2 points with 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 30.5 minutes per contest in 53 games played. He did experience a spike in production with 21 blocks over the Heat’s last 14 games of this past season, including six games with multiple blocks recorded.
This gives way to the notion that he has the ability to become one of the top defensive players in the league. He has already shown that this skill can carry over to this season as he made four blocks in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
If Richardson is able to remain relatively healthy throughout the duration of the whole season, it should put him in position to seriously challenge for his lofty goal.