Why the Spurs Absolutely Must Keep Josh Richardson

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Since the San Antonio Spurs acquired Josh Richardson at the trade deadline from Boston, the veteran wing has exceeded expectations in just about every way.

He's been a valuable contributor as a high-IQ defender and off-ball creator offensively. While he was seen by many as more of a throw-in piece in the trade for Derrick White, his value has been hard to overstate in his tenure with the Silver and Black thus far.

Effectively swapping Richardson and White is looking like one of those rare moves that will end up working out equally well for both sides. Richardson has fit in seamlessly with what the Spurs are trying to do, and over the last two months, he's proven that he can be a valuable player for this team in the long term. Dare I say, he's the perfect vet for this young core.

Through 19 games in a Spurs uniform, Josh Richardson is averaging 10.1 points per contest and shooting 40.8 percent from three in just under 22 minutes per game. He's been getting most of those minutes off the bench. After watching every minute of his time on the court for San Antonio, I think there are a few notable aspects of his game that make him a must-have piece going forward.

The first aspect of Richardson's game I want to look at is his basketball IQ.