Overview: A former Slam Dunk Champ who came into his own as a scorer in Golden State and is now the go-to-guy in Charlotte. One of the Leagues highest leapers and his physical assets rank him amongst the NBAs best. Has developed into a great scorer, largely due to the improvement in his shooting touch from the outside. Started working on that part of his game during his distinguished career at Michigan State. Won a NCAA Championship with the Spartans in 2000. Will be looked to for leadership early in his tenure with Charlotte. A consummate professional with a great work ethic and an excellent personality.
Offense: Possesses a mechanical looking jumper that is extremely consistent. Shows great footwork when spotting up on the perimeter. Always shoots the same shot. Gets roughly twenty percent of his offense from each of spot up situations, transition opportunities, and isolations. Not an advanced ball handler, not one to dance with the ball and create for himself at will, but uses his dribble to get into position to score. Drives equally with both hands, but is much more efficient when going left. Struggles pulling up for jumpers when dribbling with his right hand. Doesnt always square his shoulders when driving that way, leading to misses. Needs to just go right at the rim, take contact and get to the line. Was never considered a great overall shooter in terms of percentage, but has improved remarkably from behind the arc, and from the foul-line. Few players can match Richardsons open court antics, and he is truly a handful anytime he gets an open path to the rim. Shows good court vision and is a decent drive and dish player as well.
Defense: Uses his tremendous explosiveness to dart into passing lanes, but doesnt use his athleticism as well as teammate Gerald Wallace. Doesnt have to guard the oppositions best player on any given night, which masks some of the mental mistakes that he makes. Shows good anticipation when blocking shots, which he only does from time to time. Does a good job cleaning the glass for his position.