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Sixers’ Josh Richardson focusing on health, becoming a shot maker this offseason

Josh Richardson, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers swingman Josh Richardson will be focusing on two things in preparation for his fifth year in the NBA: his health and ability to knock down shots.

Richardson, who spent his first four years in the league with the Miami Heat, was among those included in the sign-and-trade deal for Jimmy Butler. He had a stellar 2018-19 season and is now looking to continue his upward momentum with the Sixers.

“Health, I think health is a big part, just being able to be out there for as many games as I can is going to be huge, and being able to make shots,” Richardson said of his offseason goals, per Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia (via Yahoo Sports). “I think being a shot maker is going to be big for us.”

Last season, Richardson played and started 73 games for the Heat. He averaged 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists across 34.6 minutes — all of which are career-highs.

Only time will tell if his numbers will improve with the Sixers. However, Richardson will definitely get more open shots while playing alongside All-Star teammates Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Al Horford. There’s also Tobias Harris who is looking for a better year after signing a max deal with Philly this offseason.

Richardson has a lot to do to achieve his goal, but he sure is ready to put in the work.