Southeast Notes: Richardson, Hezonja, Napier

Josh Richardson‘s ability to play both guard positions may help him earn playing time with the Heat, according to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel. Responding to a question in his weekly mailbag, Winderman said Richardson’s flexibility may help him stay in Miami rather than be sent to the D-League. The columnist expects Richardson to get more playing time in the Heat’s next two games to show if he belongs in the NBA.

There’s more from the Southeast Division:

  • Magic rookie Mario Hezonja is quickly developing a reputation for toughness, Winderman writes in a separate story. During last week’s game with Miami, the Croatian stood up to veteran Amar’e Stoudemire when the veteran objected to a screen that Hezonja set. “I’m not allowing anybody to be offensive with my teammates and especially not with me,” Hezonja said afterward.
  • Even though the Magic traded for Shabazz Napier over the summer, he’s not a lock to make the team, according to John Denton of Miami shipped the second-year player to Orlando in a cost-cutting move, and now Napier is battling for a roster spot. He and Keith Appling are both hoping to become the third-string point guard behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson. However, with a wealth of perimeter players who can initiate the offense, Denton speculates that the team could keep an extra big man and let Napier and Appling go. “Shabazz has a slight frame,” said coach Scott Skiles said. “It’s not that he’s not tough. There are bigger bodies. He’s always going to have that [size disadvantage]. So he’s just got to make up for it with his ability to shoot.”
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3 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Richardson, Hezonja, Napier

  1. formerlyz

    Josh Richardson is really impressive. He can guard 1-3, seems to make good decisions, doesn’t try to force things, can shoot the 3 a lot better than was initially thought when he was drafted, and really seems like he brings a lot of energy. It should be fun to watch his development alongside Winslow.

  2. Arthur Hill

    Do you expect him to be in the Heat’s rotation from the start of the season? Or will he need some time in the D-League?

    • formerlyz

      It depends on what they do with Chalmers. If he is traded by opening night, I think he splits some time with Tyler Johnson and James Ennis off the bench


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