All right, take the credit – you know more than a few things about Josh Richardson. Yeah, he’s a bit of a striker and a shooting guard. Yeah, again, he plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Apart from that, what else can you say about the American professional basketball player?
Besides basketball, what is his favorite sport? Did you know that he wears size 14 sneakers; that he has a degree in psychology? What does he really like to do in his free time? Let’s make a pact, keep up with us, get answers to these questions, and learn more about the NBA star. Deal?
Who Is Josh Richardson?
The Miami Heat Small Forward/Shooting Guard was born on September 15th and in 1993 in Edmond, Oklahoma. His parents named him Joshua Michael Richardson after his birth, but some of his buddies prefer to call him “Slim”, “J-Rich” or just “JR”.
Although it’s pretty impossible to say when Slim fell in love with this handball game, it’s no secret that he started taking the sport seriously when he was a student at Santa Fe High School in his hometown. It is said that he was so enthusiastic about the Santa Fe basketball team that he was awarded the Oklahoman Super 5 Team Award. But that’s not all, he was also inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Large West All-State Team.
5 Facts You Need To Know About Josh
1. His College Creer
After Josh’s phenomenal performance in high school, it was no surprise that he continued to play in college with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville volunteers. His assignment in Tennessee spanned the years 2011 to 2015, and although this boy was able to earn a degree in psychology, his achievements in college basketball attracted all the attention. If you compare his records with the volunteers, you’ll find that he played a total of 136 games for the college team he started on, 110 of which were for the college team.
It is said that he was ranked third on the school’s all-time list in terms of the number of games played. More than that, he finished the game with 1252 points that put him in 28th place, 147 steals in 10th place, and 88 blocks that put him in 16th place. All in all, he had a good college career.
2. How He Began His Professional Career
The Miami Heat came for Josh Richardson during the 2015 NBA Draft and voted him into the second round with the 40th. He then signed a 3-year contract with the site in August. Josh was not able to make friends with the team right away as he was assigned to the NBA G-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce in December. Fortunately, he was called back the next month and this was the beginning of his steady success in the NBA.
In the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season, Josh participated in a total of 105 games, in which he played only 36 matches, scored an average of 8.4 points, and scored 40 double digits. As you will learn later, this is not the only major highlight of his career. Anyway, JR was such a remarkable player for the Heat that the team decided to grant him a four-year contract extension worth $42 million. That was sometime in September 2017.
3. Major Career Awards and Highlights
Josh Richardson has been an outstanding B player since his school days. Remember we mentioned that he received the first-team honor from Oklahoma’s Super 5 team and was appointed to the Large West All-State Team before he left high school? In college, this basketball player made the SEC All-Defensive Team, especially in 2014 and 2015. He also made the first all-SEC team in the latter year.
Hardly anyone would disagree with you if you insist that Josh’s best days in the NBA are still ahead. Nonetheless, he has been able to assert himself very well, winning the NBA Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month award for the month of March during his rookie campaign.
4. His Family Life
Josh’s family is one of his strongest support systems, and his family life revolves around his parents and older sister. We found out that his mother Alice Richardson is an ordained Baptist minister and a retired U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel. Her husband, Josh’s father, was a firefighter for Oklahoma City. It’s hard to say what’s going on with Mr. Michael Richardson right now.
J-Rich’s sister, Alex Richardson, is also a basketball player. It is said that she played for Oklahoma State University and later moved to Central Oklahoma University where she remained true to her passion for the game and also played volleyball.
5. Josh’s Interests Off The Court
Apart from basketball, Josh is a big soccer fan and a supporter of the Arsenal Premier League soccer club. If Slim doesn’t take a nap in his spare time, he would ride a longboard, play video games, play the classical piano, or listen to classical rock.
Bonus Fact – Height and Weight
Josh Richardson has such a physical structure that’s typical of basketballers. He’s 6 inches taller than 6 feet (1.98 m) and weighs 200 lb (91 kg).