Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we met possible Sixer Furkan Aldemir. Today we meet a guy who might never play in the NBA again, Jason Richardson.
Name: Jason Richardson
College: Michigan State
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com) : $5.79 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com) (33 games) 28.4 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.2 STL, 1.5 APG
How Acquired: Traded by the Magic to the Sixers as part of the trade that sent Andrew Bynum to the Sixers and Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
Pros: Before he got hurt, Richardson showed that he can still play. He’s always been a very perimeter shooter and comes off screens well. He can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. He was still somewhat explosive, but the former slam dunk champ’s legs were showing the wear and tear of twelve NBA seasons. He gets to the free throw line on a regular basis and is a good foul shooter. Defensively he was explosive and did a good job getting into passing lanes. He does a good job rebounding the ball and getting into transition. Finally, he’s a veteran presence on the court and in the locker room who has had past success in the league and could be a good mentor for young players on the team.
Cons: He’s pretty hurt, like really hurt. He could miss this entire season while recovering surgery to fix a hole in his kneecap. He has tried to avoid microfracture surgery, which is well- known to be a career-ending procedure and is looking into alternatives. The team doesn’t see a reason to rush him back, because he could lead to wins and improvement, which they are not looking for at this point. Offensively, he has lost some of his explosiveness which in turn can minimize his effectiveness. Defensively he makes mental mistakes and has never been a really good man-to-man defender. He doesn’t create his own shot because he isn’t a great ball handler (though he doesn’t turn the ball over much, he passes when he can’t make anything happen).
Tomorrow: Coach Brett Brown