Where To Let It Go?: Malachi Richardson

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 31: Malachi Richardson
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 31: Malachi Richardson /

See which spots on the court Malachi Richardson is efficient in scoring the basketball.

A Royal Pain begins a new series today. Throughout these next couple of weeks, ARP will analyze the Sacramento Kings’ roster to see where each player is at their most efficient shooting the basketball.

The player who will be evaluated in this piece is second-year two-guard, Malachi Richardson.

Where To Let It Go?

Thanks to NBA Savant, anyone is able to see statistics on which locations players in the NBA are at their best shooting the basketball. Here are the numbers Richardson posted in his rookie season.

According to the chart above, Richardson’s best place to shoot is from the right wing area of the court. Although Richardson also had success making shots in the paint and both sides of the baseline, he doesn’t have a significant sample size in those locations to show those areas are hot spots for him. Also, the perimeter wasn’t kind to Richardson as he made only 28.6% of his three-point attempts.

The right wing is the only spot where the numbers show Richardson is an effective shooter as he made 12 of his total 23 attempts from the area. Not the largest body of work, but it’s the biggest sample size the Syracuse product displayed last year due to limited playing time.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Malachi recorded solid percentages shooting from the baseline areas of the court and in the paint, but most of his success came from the right wing. These areas should be the main focus for Malachi as he heads into his sophomore season in the NBA.

Malachi is looking to prove he should be a part of the Kings’ rebuild going forward. He has a chance to do so but needs to take a leap of improvement this upcoming season. An upgrade in making jump shots will definitely help his case.