With the 2013 NBA playoffs set to begin this coming weekend, the New York Knicks have added another veteran to the mix, agreeing to terms with former Knick Quentin Richardson on Tuesday according to the team's public relations Twitter account:
April 16, 2013 – EVP, Basketball Operations & GM Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Quentin Richardson.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) April 16, 2013
Richardson, 33, played previously with New York from 2005 to 2009, and most recently for the Orlando Magic. He was waived by Orlando prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.
The Knicks' roster now features nine players who are 30 or older.
Richardson, who is known for his ability to shoot from beyond the arc, has made 21 career playoff starts and 31 total appearances in the postseason. He played in five playoff games with the Magic last spring before Orlando fell to the Indiana Pacers in the first round.
The 6’6” shooting guard-small forward is a career 35.5 percent shooter from three-point range and a 39.7 percent outside shooter for his career in the playoffs.
What does signing Quentin Richardson mean for the Knicks this postseason?
Despite struggling in recent seasons, Richardson can still contribute off the bench as a serviceable role player for a championship contending team like the Knicks. His ability to stroke it from deep and play solid one-on-one defense on the other end of the floor makes him a quality acquisition this time of year.
Meanwhile, New York, which is attempting more three-pointers than any other team in the league this season (29 per game), has clinched the No. 2 seed in the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs, and will boast home-court advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason, and perhaps further depending on how the top-seeded Miami Heat fare this spring.
Richardson averages just over 10 points and nearly five rebounds per game for his NBA career, which began nearly 13 years ago with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Drafted 18th overall by the Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft, Richardson has played for five different NBA teams since entering the league.
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