The Philadelphia 76ers have made some big changes and upgrades to the roster after coming very close to a possible title in the 2018-19 season and one of those big upgrades is Josh Richardson at the shooting guard spot. Richardson will join Ben Simmons in the backcourt and he will replace JJ Redick who was a key piece of the team’s offense.
While Richardson is not Redick on offense, he is a much better defender and after the team had an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, coach Brett Brown is happy with what he saw from his pairing.
“I think those two can be elite defensively,” said Brown. “Really like stalking backcourts. Josh is so elusive and sort of slippery as a complete compliment. He’s just really hard to screen, he’s always active, he can get thin, and slide through narrow places and get back in front of balls. I think those two defensively stood out as a pairing more than actually the offense.”
Richardson averaged 1.1 steals per game for the Miami Heat in the 2018-19 season compared to 0.4 for Redick and it’s something that can lead to run-outs and the Sixers can use their length and athleticism to get out for fast break points.
“It’s easier when you have a bunch of guys on the same page mentally,” said Simmons. “Guys who can make reads and make the right play and cover for each other.”
Despite the Sixers being one of the more larger teams in the league, Simmons wants to get out and run more with Richardson.
“You guys know, I like to run,” said Simmons. “He’s able to run with me and it’s fun…he’s vocal, offensively he’s long and has great touch around the rim, and he can knock down outside shots. It’s been great so far playing with J.”
The Sixers will look to have a lot of fun in the 2019-20 season when things get underway on October 23.
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