Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/20/12 10:15 am EST

Although the addition of Andrew Bynum has deservedly dominated headlines of Philadelphia media in the wake of last week’s big blockbuster, Andrew wasn’t the only player the team acquired that could have a major impact this season.  If healthy, Jason Richardson has an opportunity to revitalize his career with the Sixers, as well as play a prominent part in the first season of the Bynum era here in Philadelphia.

While he may not be the athlete he once was when he was soaring to back-to-back slam dunk championships, Richardson still has significant basketball abilities.  His mainly skill as we know is shooting the ball and shooting it well.  That should prove to be a valuable asset to a young Sixer squad with suddenly high expectations.  Many have all but written off Richardson after an underwhelming, injury-plagued stint in Orlando, but there’s reason to believe that the 31 year old swing man, reportedly near full health, can still produce.

Whatever Richardson’s place in the Sixer rotation, whether it’s a reserve role, or if he snags a starting spot, his job will simply be to score, often from the arc, where he has blossomed into one of the League’s best and most consistent offensive threats.  In fact only the League’s most proficient three point shooter of all time, Ray Allen, has cashed in on more three’s than J Rich since 2004. 

He is consistently in the NBA’s top twenty in three pointers made and attempted, and he brings the Sixers a respected perimeter presence they have been lacking.  On top of this, he still has the ability to drive and finish, which will keep defenders on their toes.  That is crucial when you’re trying to draw attention away from a dominant big like Bynum.  However with a roster full of explosive and athletic young players, the Sixers will not rely much on Richardson for his remaining explosiveness, but rather his consistency and ability to stretch the floor.

Richardson’s impact on the young team will not only be felt on the floor, but in the locker room as well, where he will serve as the team’s most experienced veteran.  At 31, Richardson’s knowledge and guidance will be important to the League’s youngest team, and if he can provide a solid steady presence in the locker room it will go a long way to help the 7-6 on the hardwood.

The addition of J-Rich, mildly exciting on its own, works perfectly with the acquisition of Andrew Bynum.  Richardson will be a perfect kick-out compliment to Bynum on the block, just as he was to Dwight in Orlando.  If Richardson is able to remain healthy and produce at a level near where he has in the past, then Bynum won’t be the only trade acquisition that will have a big impact for the Sixers this season.



  1. C from West Philly
    20. August 2012 at 13:00

    35-40% from beyond the arc
    and veteran leadership is what the Sixers are counting on from Richardson,and i’m confident that he will deliver.

  2. JT's Hoops Blog
    20. August 2012 at 13:46

    Richardson’s presence bring more questions than answers unfortunately especially concerning the status of Evan Turner. Once considered the guard of Philly’s future, Turner has been quietly shoved aside in favor of veterans such as Richardson, Nick Young and Dorell Wright.

  3. RosstheBoss
    20. August 2012 at 21:23

    I am assuming a starting lineup of:

    C. Andrew Bynum
    PF. Spencer Hawes
    SF. Thaddeus Young
    SG. Jason Richardson
    PG. Drew Holiday


    C. Kwame Brown
    PF. Lavoy Allen
    SF. Dorrell Wright
    SG. Nick Young
    PG. Evan Turner

    Head coach Doug Collins will have a heck of a job getting the younger guys to accept diminished roles in order to maximize Andrew Bynum’s and contend. This team is built to win, now that Doug Collins has his much desired “practices” back, Philadelphia’s expectations will be sky high.

  4. Steve Toll
    21. August 2012 at 13:25

    Collins will need to adjust his offensive philosophy in regards to 3pt shooting

    25th in 3pt attempts per game will not work this season

  5. C from West Philly
    21. August 2012 at 18:12

    @RosstheBoss:Wow I like your idea of what the lineup should be,but unfortunately Evan Turner and his pouting ways will drive Doug Collins up the wall if he isn’t starting.

  6. Vitaliy
    22. August 2012 at 19:50

    According to Doug Collins, Young will continue to come off the bench, I see a lineup closer to this:

    C. Andrew Bynum – Lavoy Allen
    PF. Spencer Hawes – Thaddeus Young
    SF. Evan Turner – Dorrell Wright
    SG. Jason Richardson – Nick Young
    PG. Jrue Holiday

    I would start J-Rich at least in the beginning while Nick Young and Dorrell Wright adjust to the offense.

    Also Doug has said he plans to continue starting Turner, and I do not see how the acquisition of J-Rich changes that. It is in Philly’s best interest to have Turner become the player they envisioned him as when they drafted him 2nd overall. If they demote him to the bench in his third season, what would that do to his confidence, to his stock?

  7. bryce from harrisburg
    24. August 2012 at 08:44

    who was that idiot that said thaddeus young would start at small forward? lol the starting lineup will be


    and another thing you have to look out for is nick young… if you guys can remember two years ago nick young was averaging almost 19 points a game until he had a contract dispute and then the wizards shut him down and then last year he got traded to the clippers and he led them to that 27 point come back…so honestly i think that the sixers should trade evan turner and stART nick young bECAUS he is about 2 or 3 inches bigger than evan and hes a better three point shoter but the sixer probably wouldet do something like that because there idiots….my last point is that if they get bynum to resign and stay in philly or even if they let him go and get dwight howard in free agency they would still have enough money to say sign a vetran superstar point gaurd such as chris paul..and then trade holiday . thats what i would to to get the sixers on the map and also be serious serious contenders

  8. bryce from harrisburg
    24. August 2012 at 08:44

    or they could put avoy at power forward because he is really good

  9. Steve Toll
    25. August 2012 at 00:08

    Bryce from Harrisburg,

    Get your facts straight, everything you said is incorrect.

    Thad should start at SF, he is a SF and the 2nd highest paid player on the team.

    Nick Young scored 17.4 points in 10-11, not 19. He had the worst defensive rating on the Wizards that year. Of the 9 guys who played 1000 minutes, Young only had a better offensive rating then 3 of the 9. Young produced approx .035 win shares per 48 n 2010-2011. Averages is .100! He doesn’t pass, rebound or play defense. He was terrible all of last season, like every year. Young shot really hot from 3 in the playoffs and was still ONLY average in production.

    Nick Young was 3-5 for 9 points, 1 assist and 2 defensive rebounds during the comeback part of the game, he hardly “led the comeback”

    Evan Turner is .75 inches taller than Nick Young without shoes, per draft express aka draft combine

    Philadelphia could give Evan Turner away and renounce their rights to Jrue Holiday in the offseason and they still couldn’t sign 2 max players.


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