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Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson out for season with knee injury

Feb 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

Jason Richardson AP

The race for the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference might be won by whichever team can simply stay healthy. Boston has obviously suffered big blows, but Philadelphia is right there with them. Already missing Thaddeus Young for three weeks because of a hamstring strain and Andrew Bynum for who knows how long, the Sixers received even more bad injury news today on guard Jason Richardson:

Philadelphia has actually played pretty well since Richardson last played in a game, going 4-3 during that period. Still, even with Richardson’s struggles shooting the ball, the Sixers just need capable bodies on the floor given their injury and depth issues. Richardson was averaging 10.5 points a game this year on 40 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent from 3-point land — both near career-lows — but you’d like to think he would have turned it around with more time in a new system.

At 32-years-old with a lot of recorded miles, we’ve probably seen the last of the high flying guard that was one of the league’s most underrated dunkers in his prime. Richardson had evolved his game to become a deadly spot-up shooter over the years, but with his shot abandoning him this year and his athleticism falling off, he struggled to contribute much in 33 starts for the Sixers this season.

Getting surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee is a tough break for Richardson, but it’s hard to think it’s the end of the line. Richardson has played in a variety of different systems, and he’s shown he can adapt his game for what his body is capable of doing. Here’s to a healthy recovery from knee surgery and hopefully, a few more big time dunks from Richardson in the future.

  1. cosanostra71 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    No disrespect to Nate Rob but I think he’s the best dunker in dunk contest history. It’s between him and MJ at least.

  2. themagicfanguy - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    @cosa No, just no. MJ, Wilkins, and Vince Carter. None of the the others matter.

    • fm31970 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      You and cosa must be under age 25. How else does Spud Webb not get mentioned??

  3. dirtyjerseysports - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    That Bynum trade destroyed the Sixers. Hopefully it doesn’t costs Collins his job.

    • fm31970 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      It may have ruined this season, but maybe not. They got rid of Iggy’s contract, dumped Brand, and are doing what a young team is supposed to do- get a long look at their young players in meaningful games.

      Now, if they re-sign, Bynum…oh boy.

      • dirtyjerseysports - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        Bynum is a lemon.

  4. amoose3 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I’m not really sure why hes considered underrated to me the top 3 dunkers in dunk contests were Vince, Jordan and Richardson. Wilkins was great, Dr. J and a few others come to mind. But those are definitely the top 3 for my money. In case you forgot: Anyway, hope he gets healthy soon dude is a class guy

  5. mungman69 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    I hear that Jeff Ruland wants another shot.

  6. philadelphiafan - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    J Rich was shooting lights out in the beginning of the season when the Sixers were actually winning games and then its seems like he just went cold with this nagging knee injury. I still think he’ll be back next year with philly or another team.

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