Playmaking on the Move
Due to her electric speed and acceleration, Richardson is a handy piece to utilize in all aspects of the game (i.e. press break, command of the half-court, etc). She has excellent natural feel for how things are developing and subsequently making decisions that produce extra possessions for her team. Her first step and ability to create open space only increases this ability to read the floor and make smart decisions amidst a changing defensive landscape.
Richardson’s capability to “set up” defenders is the next wrinkle she’s added in her attacks that help to rapidly increase her chances of successfully impacting the game. Her patience and combined explosiveness ensure primary defenders become pinned behind her hip and struggle to recover once she makes her moves. As trailing defenders attempt to recover, Richardson has already moved on towards finding her shot or passing out to open teammates. Her mental processing speed allows her to see the floor exceptionally well and break down defenses on the run.
She maintains excellent court vision on the move and sees all options unfolding in real time. She routinely draws multiple defenders at every level of the court and is able to maintain complete sight of the floor to keep pressing the attack. Her ability to do this keeps defenses guessing and in constant rotation opening up lanes to score or facilitate.