For three weeks, the Orlando Sentinel is going through the Orlando Magic alphabetically, evaluating players, as well as coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith, and assigning them grades for 2010-11.
Years with Magic/NBA: 1/10.
2010-11 regular-season stats (w/Orlando only): 55 G, 34.9 mpg, .433 fg%, .384 3p%, .701 ft%, 13.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats (w/Orlando only)#: .543 ts%, .528 efg%, 6.7 trb%, 109 oftg, 103 drtg
2011 postseason stats: 5 G, 30.6 mpg, .333 fg%, .320 3p%, 1.000 ft%, 10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg
2011 advanced postseason stats: .459 ts%, .412 efg%, 7.8 trb%, 104 oftg, 102 drtg
Contract status: Unrestricted free agent
Praise: Richardson came over from the Phoenix Suns in the mid-December deal that also brought Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu to the Magic in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick and cash. Richardson finished the regular season as the team's second-leading scorer. He was a good 3-point shooter, though he wasn't as accurate as he had been earlier in the season with the Suns. He also embraced the opportunity to take critical shots at the ends of games. The highlight of his Magic tenure arguably occurred on Jan. 19, when he converted a crucial four-point play with 17.0 seconds left in regulation against the Philadelphia 76ers; the Magic won that game in overtime 99-98.
Constructive criticism: The Magic hoped that Richardson could be a consistent go-to guy and occupy the role that Vince Carter never fully filled. And while Richardson was consistent, he didn't shoot as well as he did earlier in the season with the Suns. He also didn't drive to the hoop much and attempted only 1.6 free throws per game — too few attempts for a player with his athletic skills. Richardson also was average at best on defense, though he had some nights in which he excelled. Richardson had a disappointing playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. He was ejected late in Game 3 for an altercation with Zaza Pachulia. Although Pachulia escalated the confrontation with several head butts, Richardson could have exercised more restraint before then. Unltimately, Richardson was suspended for Game 4, which the Magic also lost. Then, in the hours before Game 5, he stepped on some glass at home and needed seven stitches to close a nasty gash on the bottom of his left foot. He played well that night, but he was limited significantly in the series-ending defeat in Game 6.
2010-11 grade*: B-.
The future: Richardson has said he would like to return to the Magic, and the Magic probably would like to have him back at the right price. But much will depend on the new collective bargaining agreement. It's unlikely the Magic would sign him to a long deal, especially if the team attempts to create cap space for a run at 2012 free agents Chris Paul or Deron Williams.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what they mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
oftg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
*grades evaluate how a person did in his expected role.
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