Perhaps lost in the hubbub of all the sports stories from yesterday was Anthony Randolph's spectacular game. 28-13-5 with no turnovers a steal and a block. He showed his tremendous mismatch potential as the Warriors played him at the 5 and 4, and displayed his length, quickness and improved strength. He looks a lot bigger than the 210 NBA.com has him listed at, and when he has a game like this, showing his perimeter skills and smarter decision making, you can't help but see some Garnett in his game. But will he be able to bring it at this level consistantly? Or will he be content to be a secondary player that fills up various categories while never being as dominant as they can be, a la Lamar Odom.
I have to say....Randolph is not ready for the limelight.
I think he's a number #2 option on a bad team. I don't see him being a superstar at all. I think he's playing around 225-235 and he looks a inch taller.
I think Randolph can be an All-Star level player, he has a bunch of talent. But wait until 2011, he'll be a menace then and he'll likely be bigger too. I'm expecting a breakout next year.
A player doesn't have to be a superstar to be a good player. There are more than 20 good players in the NBA.
Can you really see an inch of difference in height?? I mean when you are already 6'10, that means you body is 82 inches long. That means, just by sight, you can tell a 1/83 of difference. That is amazing. I am very impressed. . . . That means you can tell the difference in 85 and 86 pounds just by feeling. You can tell a 7 footer apart from a 6'11 guy even if they arent standing side by side. You should be a surveyor. You wouldnt even need the machine. You could revolutionize the skill all together.
I like this guys talent and if he works on his perimiter skill he could be one of the major mismatches in the league. I dont see why he's not getting major minutes and curry is they are both young and the team is losing a lot
8th Deadly Sin...was there a point to that?
Anyway, AR is a beast. I follow him very closely and have to say I'm extremely impressed. Not that I wasn't before though, I'm just happy to see him get some tick...If you watch games, you see how much skill he has. He will be an All-Star for two reasons: 1- He has the skills. Somethings you just have to be born with, height, athleticism, quickness, speed. These things can be improved upon yes, but you must be born with a certain amount of god given talent. 2- He realizes he has these talents and practices like he can be a top tier player and works hard like a top tier player. He gets it. He wants to be dominant.
People may say he has attitude problems, but those people don't follow the Warriors I'm going to assume. Here is a quote from Don Nelson after this game along with a little paragraph via this link:
"Don Nelson went into Saturday's game planning to only use Anthony Randolph against backup center Marcin Gortat, but changed his mind and stuck with Randolph, who scored a career-high 28 and never checked out of the game after entering in the second quarter.
"I thought, 'Well, give him a chance, see what he does against the big guy,'" Nelson said of leaving Randolph in against Dwight Howard. "He was good. He covered. He drew some fouls. For whatever reason, he understood our game plan better than our veterans...I didn't know he had that kind of stamina. Usually, after four minutes, he really tires." We obviously knew Randolph had this in him and Nellie finally gave him a chance. Whether he keeps it going or not is anyone's guess."
My point of showing you this is that the only reason its taken Randolph this long (and "this long" isn't even that long, he's only been in the NBA 1 1/2 years) is because DON NELSON. He does NOT care about anything except his all time career wins record. And you know what...With 2 years left on his contract he doesn't give a shit how he gets there. He's only got like 22 or 18 games left to be the all time leader. He's pretty much just a crazy drunk at this point.
Let's be honest...someone give me any sort of logic to NOT play Randolph 30+ minutes a night when Turiaf, Biedrins, and Mikki Moore are down. This is the 1st time Randolph has played this many minutes in a lonnngg time.
Point being, Randolph's development is a rare case where its the Coach and Organization holding him back...not his own bone-headedness, laziness or ignorance of the game of basketball.
Anthony Randolph is and will continue to be special
Yea. It wasnt directed at you so you shouldnt be bothered by it. Was there a point to calling me out??
My only point was you contributed nothing to the conversation...Not trying to say it in a negative way you just pointed out something microscopic and kinda made a big thing out of it...No biggie just thought I'd mention it...Why are you still bringing it up though, I wrote a sentence about it then like 3 paragraphs on a pertinent topic. Why not respond to that stuff?
Also this is a public forum so when you post it's usually directed at everyone. Same way the OP's post was...
I do understand your sarcasm though, I didn't miss it.
Actually, small things are, most of the time, what make or break a man and his intelligence or argument. I got ya though. I apologize for the remark.
Thanks for not starting a huge thing : )
I know you don't see the respect but, I appreciate the maturity
Actually no. He will be great. He just needs his shot and yea he has grown. He's 6'11 220. He may need a year or two but he will be great
I see randolph being a great play in the future giving the right amount minutes he can average a double double right now but din nelson is stupid i see AR has a more Athletic Bosh with more handles
I dont know if he will ever have the jumpshot Bosh did....But he could be a superathletic Lamar Odom with his handle and a shooting ability of his level....That would not be a bad thing at all considering Odom is the 3rd toughest mismatch after Lebron and Dirk
Kevin Durant, Danny Granger, and arguably Josh Smith provide much tougher mismatches than Odom does.
I think Randolph will become a star hes definetly gonna be a 20 10 with 3 blocks and 3 assists player inside the three point line he can stroke it ok , once he becomes more consistent he will knock the midrange shot down and become almost unguardable iv heard numerous times that his work rate in practice has really improved to the point where he works on his game more than anybody on that team. with his talent height and lefty with that work ethic he will become a multiple allstar hopefully he can become more kevin garnett than lamar odom. don nelson isnt good for him not only should hge be playing 30 mins a game but randolph could become an excellent defensive player ala garnett but nelson doesnt preach defense !!
how about this trade randolph and devin george to the thunder for jeff green and the lower first round pick in the 2010 draft and the second round pick in the 2010 draft
Why ? randolph goes to a team where he can give them much needed length but also increase their core talent level he will be coached to become a much better defensive player using his length and giveing the thunder a power forward who isnt undersized ( to me randolph is about 7 ft )
jeff green gives the warriors a nice piece to their young core who can play power forward in a more uptempo team meaning that him being undersized wont matter as much a he will help nellie get those wins as hes more polished than randolph what you lot think?
i love the kid him and my man Beasley i believe has as much potential as even Rose Mayo and any other great kid from 2008draft class..and just time will tell how much of those potentials they will reach
I liked your sarcastic comment haha QHAYNES comment was ridiculous...i think vladimir radmanovic looks to have grown to about 6'11'' this offseason lol
anyways, anthony randolph is very skilled however he doesn't have an exact position which is going to affect his playing time. He's very tall and athletic and can block shots but hes not thick enough to play center...plus, hes inconsistent so the lamar odom comparisons are starting to make a ton of sense
someone else on here said they knew someone was an exact height because they stood next to them and could tell..not sure who it was but it was also laughable..anyway as far as randolph i think he will be a good player but im still not in agreement with some people on here who over the summer claimed he would be or close to a allstar this year which i just dont see. i still dont think he will be a all star next year either
I think he will thrive, I'm a Warriors fan, live in the Bay Area, and have had the privilege of watching him play live a bunch of times. And with him I see raw potential, but somebody who is also hesitant to shoot the ball because of the hogs we have on the team (Jackson, Maggette, sometimes Ellis) however, with Jackson gone, and the team realizing that Maggette was one of the worst deals in Warriors history, Randolph is starting to play more, and can only get better, I mean let's be honest, who wouldn't want a 6-11/7'ft point forward with range, plays D, and hustle every second he's on the court? With Ellis, Morrow, Buke, and Randolph, i see a future. gotta say though..I really do NOT like Curry (but that's for another time) But in short, Randolph CAN become a star, I think it's just a matter of letting him play through his mistakes or "growing pains"
hes not a point foward. yeah he can bring it up against a pf or center sometimes but in no way has he shown he can do the odom or scottie pippen who are known as point fowards
give him time to grow, i mean, odom and pippen didn't become who they were in their 2nd seasons right? i should of said he has the potential to be a point foward
I wouldn't call Lamar Odom a point forward. Odom is a combo forward with very good ball handling ability and who can bring the ball up the court. I think Randolph has the potential to do what Odom does.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Randolph because of his performance during summer league... A lot of people on here said he'd be the MIP this season. The smart ones though (like Iguodala09 and I) said to wait until NEXT season for him to break out.
Randolph has the height, length, athleticism, motor and talent, but he needs to work on the mental aspect of his game. He's an emotional player and needs to learn how to use that right. He also needs to continuing learning how to work hard and go hard during training, drills, practices, etc.
He's only 20 years old, and he gets such inconsistent playing time. With all the injuries there is no excuse for him to play only 20 minutes a game (and even without the injuries, in my opinion).
He's proven he can bang with the bigs-Orlando game, anyone?- so I see no reason why they wouldn't throw him into the fire at this point...I think he is a SF/PF...And its funny people saying "his problem is he has no position" Yea...it's so hard to find room for someone 6 11'' with handles and athleticism to boot...Not buying that arguement.
And for the people laughing, Anthony Randolph did in fact grow an inch over the summer...
i think randolph will be a good player i still dont think hes gonna be a allstar anytime soon...and i said this in a form before im just not agreeing with some of the announcers and chat people about point fowards.i consider scottie pippen a point foward. i dont think odom is a point foward nor randolph. i guess people have different opinions about what a point foward is but when i think about it i see a guy who can do alot of the point guard and foward stuff( besides just bringing the ball down the court and creating offense for there self. i think you have to also beable to guard other pg or combo guards as well as the fowards sometimes. i think lebron is another point foward and to be honest on a lower level artest in his prime could be a point forward