Injured Miami Heat players Josh Richardson and Josh McRoberts went through full-contact practice on Thursday, according to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald.
Richardson has been on the shelf since early September when he partially tore his right MCL during an offseason workout. On the other hand, McRoberts has been dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot that he originally sustained during the playoffs last year.
Richardson was a pleasant surprise for the Heat last year, however.
The 23-year-old guard, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee, was selected by Miami in the second-round (40th pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. He went on to become a regular in head coach Erik Spoelstra’s rotation, averaging 6.6 points in 21.3 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor.
The most impressive part of Richardson’s 2015-2016 campaign was his ability to shoot the three-ball as he shot 46.1 percent from long-range. The result was some efficient advanced numbers with the 6-6, 200-pounder posting a true-shooting percentage of 56.9 percent and an effective field-goal percentage of 55 percent.
McRoberts signed with the Heat as a free agent during the summer of 2014.
His time in South Beach has been marred by injuries as the big man has only played in 59 games in two seasons with Miami. The 29-year-old hasn’t been all that productive, either. Last season, McRoberts averaged 3.6 points in 14.2 minutes per game and shot a paltry 37.2 percent from the floor.
Still, given the Heat’s frontcourt situation, McRoberts would be a welcomed addition to the bench.