Jason Richardson: Shooting Guard Great Addition to Philadelphia 76ers Lineup

Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 10, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Jason Richardson #23 of the Orlando Magic against Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Andrew Bynum may have been the centerpiece of the recent blockbuster trade for Philadelphia, but Jason Richardson will prove to be an excellent addition too.

The 76ers picked up Richardson to fill the void of Andre Iguodala, who was sent away as a part of Thursday's Dwight Howard-centered trade.

While it may be tough for Philly fans to say goodbye to the face of their franchise, the additions of Bynum and Richardson should fill the void quite nicely.

Richardson may even prove to be an invaluable piece, and could even be a better player for the 76ers than Iguodala was.

And before you get up in arms, just remember Iguodala was never much of a scoring threat, which hurt the 76ers in 2011-12.

Philadelphia only scored 93.6 points a game last season, the 22nd worst in the NBA. They didn't have a go-to guy either, actually: Not a single player on the roster put up more than 15 points a contest, something a star like Iguodala should’ve reached with ease.

He was the team's superstar, but he lacked the ability to create his own shot in crunch time and couldn't put the ball on the basket on a consistent basis.

Richardson has no such problem.

He's averaged 17.5 points a game over his career and has always excelled in shooting the ball from range. The 76ers lacked this skill in 2012, and it ended up costing them in their second-round loss to the Boston Celtics.

He may not be as explosive as he was earlier in his career, but Richardson is still a threat from the outside and would fill Iguodala’s vacated small forward spot quite nicely.

If Philadelphia decides they want to make Evan Turner the permanent starter next season at the 3 and slide in the newly signed Nick Young to the 2, Richardson would also be an excellent threat off the bench, replacing Lou Williams as the team's sixth man.

Either way, Richardson will provide a much needed scoring option from the perimeter, and will help spread the floor for Bynum.

Richardson may not be equal to Iguodala in overall game, but his particular skill set is a perfect fit for Philadelphia next season.