Anthony Randolph is listed as a 20-year old, 6’11, 220
lb SF/PF from LSU.
Knicks add a third
Right off the bat: he's a stringbean. He averaged 15.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, and 1.2 apg last year at LSU. He also had an impressive 1.1 spg and 2.3 bpg. Good numbers for a really young guy, right?
Now let’s look at the bad: 46.4 FG%. Not a good enough jumper to be a SF, not reliable enough to be a PF. 69.3 FT%. 10.5 3PT%. Ouch.
Also: 3.0 turnovers a game. That number fits in all too well with Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry in the front court. Not that the Knicks even need a PF, with Zach Randolph and David Lee already vying for time there.
Anthony is left-handed, which will no doubt delight Stephon Marbury. Damn, I miss Stephon's interviews. Randolph is long, quick, lanky, thin. He’s often compared to Brandon Wright, Tayshaun Prince, and Chris Bosh. Those names come up repeatedly in his various draft profiles. But are they valid comparisons?
He’s not a strong, take-it-to-the-hoop PF. He has finesse moves. In fact, let’s quote Draft Express for this one:
“…settling for weak, off-balance, turn-around jumpers from midrange, fading away from contact in the post…”
Snap Judgment: Not good. But let’s delve deeper. Here is what is written in his NBA Draft profile:" Runs the floor like a deer and has amazing fluidity ... "
What the f*ck do I want a Bambi on the Knicks? I suppose that's a better compliment than "runs the floor like a gazelle".
He also get a 10 for "potential". Again, so does Curry.
When it comes to, you know, actual basketball skills, like "defense", "jump shot", and "passing", he gets an overly-generous 7 in those categories (try finding a draft pick with less than a 7 in any category).
He sorta sounds like a short Marcus Camby, or maybe the next Andrei Kirilenko? Keep in mind that Camby at least dominated college, enough to be the #1 overall pick, before moving into the NBA. Then keep in mind that it took him a lot of years, and a few injuries, before he become a strong center in the NBA and an All-Star.
"A high risk, high reward type pick at this stage of his career."
"Must gain confidence and not get discouraged when things aren't going well "
"Must get a lot stronger physically, needs about 25-30 pounds minimum ... Also must get a lot tougher mentally ... "
now totally sold on the idea that
Results: Decent strength for a skinny
guy, with 7 bench presses of 185 (not bad, though, for comparison, Joe
Alexander benched it 22 times, for the second highest score, and little DJ
Augustin benched it twice for the lowest score).
More important in his case, though, is the measurement results, since that is what his potential is based on, right? Well, turns out his height and weight are actually a bit misrepresented. He’s 6'9 without shoes, 6'10.25 with shoes. Close enough. He also weighs a whopping 197 lbs. For personal reference, I weigh 205, am 6’2, and am considered “slim”. A guy 8 inches taller than me, weighing 10 pounds less? “Anorexic” is the first adjective that comes to mind.
have a 7'3 wingspan, hence, the Tayshaun Prince comparisons. He has a 9'1 standing reach, and 4.7% body
fat. But before we assume that he’s the
next Tayshaun Prince, let’s give
Conclusion: Anthony Randolph is exactly the kind of
player I hate at #6: a guy with upside based
on nothing more than his height and size.
The Knicks certainly need defense, but
Worst case scenario:
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