If everything went according to plan for the Miami Heat this season, Josh Richardson would have never seen the floor during non-garbage time minutes of NBA games. But a trade of Mario Chalmers to avoid the luxury tax along with an injury to Tyler Johnson and an injury and then release of Ben Udrih, forced the rookie from Tennessee into action for a Heat team trying to make a push to finish in the top four in the Eastern Conference. Luckily for Miami, things have worked out fairly well as Richardson has used his energy and athleticism to make an impact on a few games.
On Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, impact is the best way to describe Richardson’s best play as he drove the lane and throw down a big dunk on Bucks big man Greg Monroe.
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The quickness on the drive to get by Tyler Ennis is impressive enough but the fact that Richardson never even things before elevating for the dunk is crazy. That is a point guard. There just aren’t many in the NBA who can do that. While injuries are never good it looks clear that Miami may have found a diamond in the rough in Richardson.