Jason Richardson becomes a very important piece of the team this year. With Amare Stoudemire now in New York, he must become the type of offensive force he was in Golden State and in Charlotte.
He would be the first one to tell you that it took a while to get used to not being a main offensive option, and the result was very inconsistent play. But the stats don't lie, the Suns were almost unbeatable if J-Rich scored at least 20 points in a game.
Now, whether his scoring was the reason for success or if his scoring was the result of the teams success, they went hand in hand. This season, he will need to shoulder more of the scoring load more consistently, being more than a spot-up shooter from behind the three-point line. He will need to attck the rim as well and play in the post, which are also strengths of his.
In addition to increased scoring, due to the lack of size on the Suns' roster, his rebounding skills are also vital. With Turkoglu likely replacing Stoudemire at the power forward position and not being known as a great rebounder, the rebounds from the wing positions (Richardson and Grant Hill) will be the only way to keep from being completely demolished on the boards.
As this is a contract year for Richardson, look for his having a great year.