Jason Richardson played in only 33 games for the Philadelphia 76ers after coming to Philly as part of the four-team deal that involved Dwight Howard. The 32-year-old veteran shooting guard was a big part of the Sixers offense when he was on the floor, but that unfortunately wasn’t often at all.
However, it now seems that Richardson will play even fewer than 33 games in the 2013-2014 NBA season. In fact, Richardson might not play a single game this year. According to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Richardson is more than likely going to miss the whole year after having surgery on his knee at the end of last season.
In the limited time that he played last season, Richardson was hardly the player that he used to be. The guard averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.4 minutes per game, but shot only 40.2 percent from the floor and just 34.1 percent from long-range, both percentages being well below his career marks.
As the Sixers are unabashedly trying to tank the upcoming season, this news actually helps their cause. Richardson, though he’s declined in recent years, has the offensive ability to take over and potentially win a team some games. Considering that there are more than a fair share of teams in the league that are tanking this year, having a player like that isn’t exactly an ideal fit for Philly.
Obviously no one should wish injury on anyone and that’s not what’s happening here. The fact of the matter is, though, that this situation actually helps the Sixers execute their possibly historically bad season. In this case, the atrocious get even worse.