Josh Richardson Looking to Beat Dwyane Wade’s Record of All-Time Heat Blocks

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Josh Richardson may have recently signed a four-year, $42 million extension with the Miami Heat, but that doesn’t mean he has gotten complacent.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the former second-round pick wants to lead all NBA guards or small forwards in blocked shots and break Dwyane Wade’s franchise mark for blocks by a wing player.

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“Last year, D-Wade was kind of like, ‘J-Rich is trying to break my shot-blocking record.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to break it. And I still believe I’m going to break it,'” Richardson said. “I want to be the best at that.”

Wade had 759 blocks during his career in Miami, which is second only behind Alonzo Mourning on the Heat’s all-time block list. Richardson has recorded 64 blocks during his two seasons with Miami.

Using his 6-foot-6 frame, Richardson blocked 21 shots in the final 14 games of last season and four more in the Heat’s preseason opener against Atlanta.

So what is the key to getting blocks as a wing player?

“Just being able to recover and read peoples’ feet,” Richardson said. “That’s how I get a lot of my blocks.”

Richardson’s ability to swat away shots will also depend on the amount of playing time he gets this season, especially with an opportunity to play in the starting small forward slot. He is currently competing with Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow for the starting job, but Richardson did not put much emphasis on winning the competition.

“I don’t know; I don’t care,” Richardson said. “I know I’m going to be on the floor enough minutes. If Rodney starts, if Justise starts, me I don’t care. We’re all going to play.”

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Atreya is currently attending Purdue University and loves to watch and follow the NBA. He grew up in Alabama so he loves his Auburn Tigers just as much as he does the Miami Heat. He’s been a huge fan of the team since that magical 2006 title run and still believes Dwyane Wade can drop 50 on any given night. He’s extremely excited to be writing about the team he loves and keeping Heat Nation up to date on all things Heat. You can follow him on Twitter @atreya_verma.