4 Miami Heat players who need a monster second half to save their job

Here are four players who need to step up to help propel the Miami Heat up the East standings and potentially save their jobs.

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Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson
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A look at Richardson's 2023-24 NBA season stats:

  • 9.9 points
  • 2.8 rebounds
  • 2.4 assists
  • 44.4 FG%

Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson has proven to be a reliable contributor this season. With an average of 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 43 games (including six starts), Richardson has showcased his skills on the court. Shooting at an impressive 44.4% from the field and 34.7% from beyond the arc, he has provided stability for Miami. However, unfortunate news struck as Richardson suffered a dislocated right shoulder in their latest defeat against the Boston Celtics. This injury will undoubtedly impact Miami's depth, and Richardson's progress will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.

From the start of the 2019 season, Richardson committed to player development and strengthening his physique to handle a greater workload on both offense and defense. It should be noted that Richardson's return to the Heat was a significant signing during the offseason, as he had previously started his career with the franchise before being traded to Philadelphia for his current teammate Jimmy Butler.

Richardson previously displayed strong scoring abilities in the mid-range while wearing a Heat uniform, and has also improved his catch-and-shoot skills (with a 39.5% success rate on corner 3-pointers and 36.5% on overall catch-and-shoot attempts).

His perimeter defense, which has always been a strong aspect of his game, has remained solid. He hopefully can be a leader in improving the team's on-ball defense. While Richardson's shooting has improved, he still had a difficult start to this season. His offensive performance has been somewhat unpredictable and inconsistent. The guard can become more consistent as a two-way player, excelling on both ends of the court, which will make him more of a formidable opponent.

Before his recent injury, Richardson stepped up and contributed valuable minutes for the team. When he returns, Hopefully, the shooting guard will regain his momentum, and continue to be ignitable from beyond the arc.