- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
Per Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com, the results of Jason Richardson's Thursday examination of his knee in Colorado have not been released. Regardless of the prognosis, Moore wonders if Richardson may end up coming off the bench behind Nick Young when he finally is cleared to return to game action.
"Richardson has been a starter for his entire 12-year NBA career. But with the Sixers having gone 3-1 since Doug Collins inserted Nick Young at shooting guard in place of the injured Richardson, he could find himself coming off the bench once he’s healthy enough to play," Moore wrote.
"How would Richardson, who is one of the team’s captains and team leaders, react to a reduced role? Those are uncharted waters because he’s started 827 of 838 games and averaged 34.4 minutes during his professional career."
Considering the wear and tear of 838 games and that he is 32 years old at this point, J-Rich may have to accept a reduced role just to keep playing on his troublesome knee. Nick Young is, well, younger than Richardson and has proved to be a capable fantasy contributor. He's worth a speculative add in fantasy leagues to see if he can turn it on. Young is only owned in 12.8 percent of ESPN leagues, despite scoring at least 18 points four times in his past five games.