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What is Anthony Randolph’s potential? Kris Humphries is a good career model

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Anthony Randolph has been one of the NBA’s signature enigmas for years. With tantalizingly explosive athleticism and guard skills, he’s a player who’s feel for the game and basketball intelligence holds him back from otherwise starting caliber NBA tools. At this point he can hardly get on the floor. Yet teams know he has a chance to break out, which is why Denver paid a decent price for him.

I don’t believe Randolph will break out to all-stardom or anything. However I do think he can be starting caliber. In 2011-2012 in 517 minutes buried in Minnesota, per 36 minutes he averaged 17.5 pts, 8.6 rebs, 2.4 blks on .532 TS%. In 2010-2011 split between New York and Minnesota, per 36 he averaged 18.6 pts, 9.8 rebs, 1.5 blks on .505 TS%. Productivity per minute is not Randolph’s issue. His statline if one only looked at the per 36, resembles a slightly poor man’s version of Josh Smith. Smith in 2011-2012 per 36 minutes averaged 19.2 pts, 9.8 rebs, 1.8 blks on .499 TS%, though that was a down shooting % year for him, with Smith usually breaking .53 TS%+. Smith mind you averaged 4.0 assists per 36 minutes to Randolph’s 1.3

So why doesn’t Randolph play more? Because he has far too much nervous energy and often makes “dumb plays”, trying to do too much to prove he should stay on the floor, rather than let the game come to him.

As a Raptors fan this situation reminds me of a young Kris Humphries. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

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Grading the Carmelo Anthony trade: Missed opportunity and opportunity cost

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The day we waded through months of painstaking trade rumors for finaly came. Carmelo Anthony is a Knick and will get his 65 million extension. For Carmelo and Chauncey Billups, the Knicks traded Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 1st and two Golden State 2nds to Denver as well as Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for cap reasons. With the history of stars who want out getting traded for pennies, the Nuggets have to happy with their return. Not only due to the valuable talent coming back, but they also saved about 23 million by cutting enough salary to get under the luxury tax.

What about the Knicks? Despite the apparant leverage of Carmelo wanting to play there, they ended up mortgaging the entire farm. The threat of Carmelo going to the Nets apparantley pushed them towards it. Rumors of James Dolan and Isiah Thomas taking the negotiations from Donnie Walsh are in the air.

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