Richardson in the 2015 McDonald's All-America Game
|No. 22 - Toronto Raptors|
January 5, 1996|
Trenton, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
Trenton Catholic Academy|
(Hamilton, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
Malachi Richardson (born January 5, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for Syracuse before being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
Richardson attended Trenton Catholic Academy his freshman year, then spent his sophomore year at Roselle Catholic High School before returning to Trenton Catholic Academy for his junior and senior years, to team back up with coach Fred Falchi, who came out of retirement to coach. In his high school career at Trenton Catholic Academy, Malachi scored a total 1,245 points, averaging 19.2 points in his junior year and 18.7 in his senior year.
Richardson played one season of college basketball for Syracuse, averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. On April 18, 2016, he declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Hamilton, NJ||Trenton Catholic Academy||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 95|
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On June 23, 2016, Richardson was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Sacramento Kings on July 7, 2016, in exchange for Marco Belinelli. On July 15, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Kings. On February 16, 2017, he was ruled out for four to six weeks after suffering a partial thickness tear of his right hamstring the night before. He was later shut down for the remainder of the season on March 26, 2017. During his season and a half with the Kings, he had multiple assignments with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League.
On February 8, 2018, Richardson was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Bruno Caboclo. On February 11, in Charlotte, he played in his first game with the Raptors. During the rest of the season, he received multiple assignments to Raptors 905, Toronto's G League affiliate.