Josh Richardson claims transition from Heat to Sixers has ‘been easier than I expected’
The Sixers acquired Richardson from the Heat this summer in the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade deal. He’s one of the best two-way players in the NBA and fitting in well in Philadelphia so far.
“He’s (Brett Brown) been teaching us new things on film every day,” Richardson said, via Tom Moore of the Bucks Courier Times. “He’s been referring to all the new words that the new guys have learned.
“It’s tough going to a new place. You never know how you’ll fit in, on and off the court. Coming here, I had those same worries, but the guys have been great. It’s been easier than I expected.”
Josh Richardson averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season in Miami while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free-throw line.
With Richardson in the fold, the Sixers now have four elite defenders. Richardson joins Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Al Horford as the team’s best defenders.
Philly’s starting lineup of Simmons, Richardson, Tobias Harris, Horford and Embiid is as good as any starting five in the NBA. That’s why many pundits believe the Sixers can win the Eastern Conference this season.
The Sixers would have loved to keep Butler and shooting guard JJ Redick, who signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise, though, did a great job of acquiring Richardson and signing Horford in free agency.
Philly will be more versatile on offense and defense moving forward with Richardson and Horford on the team.