After sitting out the NBA season, former Knick Quentin Richardson will join a New York Knicks roster that was touted as the oldest in NBA history. It's an intriguing addition for the Knicks when you glance past the familiar criticisms of the Knicks age.
Richardson, 33, last played in the NBA for the Magic in 2011-12, when he averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18 minutes per game. Back in October, the Magic bought out the final two years of Richardson’s contract and he remained unsigned until Tuesday. The 12-year NBA veteran holds career averages of 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Richardson’s tenure has included stops with the Clippers, Suns, Knicks, Heat and Magic; his previous time in New York spanned four seasons, from 2005 to 2009.
New York’s roster is now full at 15 players; Richardson becomes the ninth member of the roster who is at least 30 years old.
Ironically, he'll be taking the roster spot held by Kurt Thomas for the first 79 games of the season. Thomas was involved in the trade that sent Richardson to New York in 2005.
Not only is Richardson playing with one of the oldest rosters in NBA history, but the Knicks have also made and attempted more three-pointers than any team in NBA history. If the Knicks have any serious intentions of advancing past the Eastern Conference Finals, they're going to stay hot from behind the arc. Richardson's signing only helps. In Phoenix, he broke Dan Majerle's franchise-record for three-pointers made in a single season.
The Knicks are eschewing interior scoring and making D'Antoni's '7 Second Or Less' Suns look conventional. Along with Steve Novak, J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Carmelo Anthony, who is shooting nearly twice as many treys per game as he did last season, the Knicks game plan is to advance in the playoffs with a squad of deep threat snipers.