Philadelphia 76ers: Ranking Josh Richardson against all 2019-20 starting shooting guards

Josh Richardson | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Josh Richardson | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) /
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27. Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

There are valid concerns over a Collin Sexton-Darius Garland backcourt. The defense will suffer quite a bit, not to mention Garland’s general lack of high-level experience. But Sexton’s rookie season flew under the radar, and I’m not sure he got the credit he deserved.

As someone who had Sexton outside my top 15 on draft night, his rookie season was a massive success. He still struggled with decision-making as expected, but his efficiency as a scorer — 43 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from deep — exceeded all expectations.

  • PG: Darius Garland | Position Rank: 28th
  • SG: Collin Sexton | Position Rank: 27th

26. Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks

Tim Hardaway Jr. still provides value as a perimeter scoring threat, but it’s clear the former Michigan product will never live up to his contract. In 19 games with Dallas last season, Hardaway averaged 15.5 points on a suspect 32.1 percent 3-point mark. That’s a notable decline compared to his production in New York.

In addition to his inefficient, volume-reliant scoring, Hardaway has regressed on defense. He pressures the opposing team as someone who can get buckets, but those buckets don’t come consistently enough to earn a higher spot on this list.

  • PG: Delon Wright | Position Rank: 21st
  • SG: Tim Hardaway Jr. | Position Rank: 26th

25. Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors

With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green gone, the Raptors will endow Norman Powell with starting duties. Powell proved capable of handling a bigger load last season, posting career highs in several categories and earning a hefty extension in the process.

Powell wasn’t great in the postseason, but he did have several strong moments. He’s a plus athlete at the two spot, and his 40 percent 3-point clip marks a return to form after a down 2017-18 season. He will provide ample punch next to Kyle Lowry in the backcourt.

  • PG: Kyle Lowry | Position Rank: 8th
  • SG: Norman Powell | Position Rank: 25th