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Zach Randolph: Sixth Man of the Year?

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Zach Randolph: Sixth Man of the Year?

It's popular (including mine) opinion that Z-Bo should be traded ASAP. But what if the Clips keep him to play behind Griffin and whoever they decide to keep at center? People don't seem to realize this, but Randolph has only two years left on his contract, not exactly an eternity. It's really a no lose situation for the Clips. If Randolph balks at the idea of coming off the bench, the team can easily phase him out Marbury/Tinsley style and keep on rolling as a very dangerous squad. If Randolph accepts the new role, the team instantly becomes one the top 15 teams in the NBA (still doesn't mean they make playoffs in the absurdly loaded West, but they will win more than 35 games). Remember, even though he is a headcase that doesn't play defense, Zach produces BIG TIME numbers consistently.


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We don't want him in Memphis

We don't want him in Memphis unless you take on Jaric and Milicic. We'll be satisfied if we snag Jordan Hill.

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Memphis

If Memphis can trade down (sacramento?) and get Hill without giving up any starters, then they will be winners in this draft.
I've been trying to get more people on the J Hill bandwagon!

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everyone in the league hates

everyone in the league hates on rondolphs play, cause his a ball hug and doesn't even try to play d, but regardless his a tremendous player. his a 20-10 guy, that's pretty rare, the clippers r going to be in a situation cause how r they going to bring a 20-10 guy off the bench who makes the money he does and if his not getting the mins he wants his going to throw a &$#%#&@!fit over it.

rondolph is untradable, the clippers basically got him for free from the knicks cause his huge salary and the fact his contract goes past 2010-11 season. i seriously don't see the clippers trading him, the clippers are going to have some serious decisions to make after they draft blake.

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Randolf wont accept that

Randolf wont accept that kind of role. He wont be phased out either. He is the kind of person who will constantly &$#%#&@! and complain about everything and be a terrible influence on Griffin. Try to trade him, maybe try to work on a buyout, or just tell him to get the hell out and dont come back. I just see him making too much trouble to accept a 6th man role or even a complete removal. Best case would be trading him for a below average 3 and a second rould pick.

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Randolph is not the kind of

Randolph is not the kind of guy who will accept coming off the bench, he would pout big time IMO. He sees himself as one of the best PFs in the league (witness his comments about being better than Bosh), and he's still young. Plus, he's not the kind of high energy guy that can be succesful from the bench, he's more of a plowhorse that needs big minutes to produce.

I used to hate him, but I also feel he's kind of strangely underrated. While he is one of the most selfish players ever on offense, and defines a black hole, he does manage to produce points with acceptable efficiency and range. And while he is a terrible defender, he certainly works hard for defensive rebounds, and produces hugely there. I think on the right team, with a shot blocking center to hide his deficiencies (uh, like Camby - does that destroy my argument?) he can be pretty productive.

I agree that 2 years means his contract is no longer as bad as it's hyped to be - a year from now it will actually be considered an asset. If I were the Clips I'd try trading Kaman, especially if he actually has some value, unlike Randolph who they'd have to pay to get rid of. Then I'd trade Randolph a year from now as an expiring contract.

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Dead on

You're dead on johneco about what moves the Clips should make going forward. Everyone keeps harping on Randolph's contract, but just 1 year from now teams with cap space will be lining up to get their hands on his expiring contract combined with his numbers. And I agree about trading Kaman instead of Camby, but from what I've been reading for months, teams aren't really interested in Kaman at a high price, but maybe for a lower price, say, a pick in the late teens or 20s next year (other players to be determined)?

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All I can do is laugh at

All I can do is laugh at this thread.

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All i can do is laugh at

All i can do is laugh at that pic!!

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IF

If he ACCEPTS his role, and comes off the bench, he could be a good role-player. However, unless he starts passing and playing defense, he will probably have a negative impact on the game.

He isn't very efficient, but yeah Randolph is a really good scorer and a solid rebounder.

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Don't forget that Randolph was apart of the "Jail Blazers" team which plague Portland for a long time. Honestly, he won't accept a bench role. And though he is a primadonna who can't play defense, I don't blame him. There were only a handful of players who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds last year. He is valuable.

Also, having three big men in Clipper didn't work last year with Marcus Camby, Zach Randolph and Chris Kaman. Kaman was put on the injured list after a good two months to began the season and he wasn't even hurt. And even if Randolph was to be put on the bench, he would complain too much and cause a major distraction.

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D Hamp?

Who are you, Dan Hampton? Former Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dan Hampton? If you are, I love your Chicago sports radio show and your basketball knowledge is definitely increasing. I am just having fun, I know it's not you, but I am pretending that it is and I am talking to one of the '85 Bears. It's fun.

But, I disagree with you. You say you don't blame him but that's a joke. He's got his money, now he should learn to play team basketball. I think that with that logic, Dejuan Blair should just get drafted by some crap team and tell him to shoot it all the time to get 20 points per game with 15 rebounds, regardless of team goals or needs. I don't think that it's very impressive to exert NO DEFENSIVE ENERGY, with the exception of rebounding, and then jog down the court completely "fresh" with all the energy in the world to jack up a shot EVERY TIME YOU GET THE BALL. Plus, rebounding is a hell of a lot easier when you could care less about your position for help defense, clogging the lane, etc. If you just make sure that you are in position to grab boards and you are a PF so you are SUPPOSED to be in the block (and also have the size of a BIG) averaging 10 boards isn't extremely impressive to me. Look, I don't mean that it isn't impressive like I could do it. It doesn't impress me for someone with NBA skills.

That's why he won't sniff an all-star team under his current contract even though his numbers scream out for it. What a fat piece of crap. I hate guys like him and would "boo" every time he touched the ball if he were on the Bulls. How could you play team sports your whole life, have every (player/coach/GM/scout/analyst/fan/mascot/kid cleaning up court sweat/little girl twirling batons during timeouts) tell you that you are a black hole who doesn't play "team basketball" and a team cancer and STILL KEEP DOING IT?

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Naw, I'm simply Deon

Naw, I'm simply Deon Hampton. Although, about a month ago I proclaimed the Denver Nuggets the NBA champions and asked them conduct a 2009 version of the Super bowl shuffle. That's as close to the 85 Bears that I've been! I'm just having fun too bro. I love this Web site.

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Randolph would be one of the

Randolph would be one of the last guys I'd pick for 6th man of the year. How about Iverson and Marbury too?

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