2 Heat players whose stock is rising, 1 whose stock is falling

Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler have led the Miami Heat to their current seven-game win streak, but several role players have stepped up big to help. Let's take a look at players whose stock is up, and one whose stock is down.

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Josh Richardson
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Stock Down : Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson's return to Miami hasn't been as smooth as many would have thought, and his 3-point shooting slump is the biggest problem. To open the season, he's just 9 for 35 (25.7%) from 3-point range. His primary job is to make open 3s and occassionaly get the Heat into offense. He hasn't done either yet at a high level.

Defensively, Richardson has had his ups and downs but has gotten essential strips late in games. Against the Charlotte Hornets, Richardson got a huge strip when the game was getting close.

I still believe Richardson will have a role on this team; he needs to hit open 3s, take care of the ball and play strong defense. His role is pretty simple this time around in Miami. Richardson will be fine -- it's just a rough patch.