Oct. 08, 2017
Heat's Richardson wants to break Dwyane Wade's franchise record in blocks
Last month, Josh Richardson signed a four-year, $42 million extension with the Heat.
After signing his new deal, the Heat guard now has his eyes set on one personal goal: Beating Dwyane Wade's franchise block record for wing players. Wade, with 759 blocks, is second behind Heat legend Alonzo Mourning in the Heat's all-time blocks list. The only wing player listed in the top ten besides Wade is Eddie Jones(246).
“Last year, D-Wade was kind of like, 'J-Rich is trying to break my shot-blocking record, Richardson told .' I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to break it. And I still believe I'm going to break it.' I want to be the best at that.”
Richardson also said he wants to lead all NBA shooting guards and small forwards in blocks this season.
He certainly has a shot at being one of the top shot blockers at the wing position. In the final 14 games of last season, Richardson averaged 1.5 blocks per game. Additionally, he's already shown this skill can carry over into the season as he recorded four blocks in the first preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks.
It's still unclear if he's going to start at the small forward position, where he spent 80% of his minutes at last season. But, Richardson says he doesn't care.
"I know I'm going to be on the floor enough minutes," Richardson . "If Rodney [McGruder] starts, if Justise [Winslow] starts, me I don't care. We're all going to play."