Miami Heat rookie Josh Richardson is a man in form right now.
Recently named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March after averaging 12 points and 2.1 assists off the bench as the Heat went 10-5 last month, the 22-year-old guard has continued to impress in April.
Richardson put an exclamation mark on his exciting rookie campaign last night as he threw down a dunk of the year contender during Miami's 106-98 win over the Chicago Bulls. Scroll down this article to see the rookie's big time play.
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Richardson's monster dunk came with around nine minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, and left the Miami bench (and the American Airlines Arena crowd) on their feet:
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Taking up possession from Luol Deng, Richardson exploded off the court to evade the challenge of no less than four Bulls players before slamming the ball home with both hands. You know it is a big boy play when even the commentators are left speechless.
The rookie's dunk was part of an 11 point, two rebound night as the Heat kept themselves in the hunt for the third seed in the Eastern Conference - a position few predicted the South Florida franchise would be in at this point of the season.
Richardson has played his part in Miami's surprisingly impressive campaign, too. Selected with the 40th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-6 Tennessee product wasn't expected to pull up many trees in his debut season as a pro.
In recent months, however, Richardson has taken advantage of injuries to Beno Udrih and Tyler Johnson to join Hassan Whiteside and fellow rookie Justise Winslow in a dominant second unit for Miami.
His emergence as a player ready to contribute immediately has been one of the high points in a campaign that is looking increasingly bright for the 2013 NBA champions.
With the 2016 playoffs just around the corner, it doesn't look like Richardson is going to burn out anytime soon, either. The youngster's dunk against Chicago ensured he reached double digits for the third consecutive game.
At just 22, he is an exciting prospect for Miami and, as a guard, his ability to jam home the ball with such force is a truly scary proposition for any of Miami's opponents - either in the coming weeks or the seasons that lie ahead.
Next up for Richardson and Miami is a double header against the Orlando Magic, before they see out their regular season with road games against the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics.