Philadelphia 76ers Player of the Week: Josh Richardson’s steady shooting

Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Richardson (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Richardson (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

It wasn’t a good week for the Philadelphia 76ers as a whole, but their starting shooting guard was able to shoot the ball well.

This past week has arguably been the worst for the Philadelphia 76ers all season long as they went 0-3 against Eastern Conference playoff teams. Despite the club’s poor performance, Josh Richardson has been able to shooting the ball consistently, which has earned him this “Player of the Week” award.

In the close loss to the Orlando Magic, Richardson was the Sixers third leading scoring. He ended the contest with 15 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block, two turnovers and three fouls, while making 6-13 shots from the field, his one 3-point attempt and both of his free throw attempts.

In the overtime defeat against his former team the Miami Heat, Richardson performed well. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block, three turnovers and four fouls, while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor on 10 shots, 60.0 percent on his five 3-pointers and 4-7 from the foul line. He was the 76ers second leading scorer for this contest and had more 3-point makes in this one game than in the two other games in this past week combined.

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Richardson had his worst night shooting from downtown in the blowout loss against the Indiana Pacers. He had 20 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, one turnover and one foul, while converting 50.0 percent of his 14 field goals, 1-6 for his attempts from deep and all five of his shots from the charity stripe. He lead Philly in points and steals in the losing effort.

Honorable Mention

If Joel Embiid played against the Pacers, there is a good chance that he would have been the “Player of the Week”. In the two games he did play, he averaged 29.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block, 3.5 turnovers and 5.0 fouls. Health stopped Embiid from claiming the award this week.

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For the most part, Richardson’s shooting was pretty good this past week, even if the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t perform well. On the week, he averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 block, 2.0 turnovers and 2.7 fouls. It wasn’t a spectacular week for Richardson, but he was steady for a struggling Sixers squad.