Jason Richardson Will Provide a Much-Needed, Underrated Scoring Punch for 76ers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2012

April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson (23) dunks the ball as Washington Wizards power forward James Singleton (3) watches in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia 76ers' acquisition of veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson will provide the up-and-coming squad with a much-needed and underrated scoring punch in 2012-13.

The Sixers acquired All-Star center Andrew Bynum and Richardson on Friday in a blockbuster deal that sent Dwight Howard to the LA Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

Although all the focus will be on Bynum in reaction to the four-team trade, Richardson is a worthy talking point.

He is only 31 years old, and is still one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA when left open. A change of scenery will make for a much-improved player as well.

If you're skeptical, and don't believe that the former Michigan State Spartan is still an impact player in the NBA, then take a look at what J-Rich has done for his career. He is a 17.5 point-per-game scorer, and shoots the deep ball at 37 percent.

Sure, the days of Richardson averaging 20-25 points per night are likely gone given his loss of explosion over time. But that doesn't mean that the Sixers can't look to the veteran to be their No. 2 option in the half court and No. 1 option on the fastbreak. 

Richardson's infusion into the Philly offense along with the insertion of Bynum will keep the Sixers on pace to improve as they have over the past few seasons.

The shooting guard will certainly have an impact on Philly's scoring offense, which ranked 22nd in the NBA last season. Richardson's arrival will help out the Sixers' team 3-point shooting numbers as well.

Philly made just over five threes a game last regular season as a team, while Richardson poured in nearly two a night in 54 appearances for the Orlando Magic. That long-range effectiveness will no doubt carry over to Philadelphia. 

There is no denying that Bynum is the biggest return from this trade, but Richardson can bring a scoring punch to the perimeter that few NBA players can. His unique ability in the open floor and his outside shooting prowess will be huge for the Sixers this season. 


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