Anthony Randolph was buried at the end of the Knicks bench, leading up to that trade. In New York he played just 17 games, in which he averaged just 7.5mpg (mostly 'garbage time'), 2.3rpg & 2.1ppg. Just before the deadline he found a new home in Minnesota, for the remainder of the season, Randolph played 23 games (starting 3), averaged 20.1mpg, 5.2rpg & 11.7ppg.
Anthony Randolph has struggled in the past starting his career in Golden State under Don Nelson, before of course moving to New York in the David Lee trade last summer. Like Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph could revive his career in Minnesota, but then comes the question...what will be Randolph's role come 2011-2012.
Randolph is a very versatile player who can play the small forward, power forward & center positions which makes him the perfect sixth man utility player, but will that be his role.
The Minnesota Timberwolves now have a slew of forwards and big men: Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Martell Webster, Lazar Hayward, Tanguy Ngombo (not likely playing in MIN in '11-'12), Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver, Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic & Brad Miller).
A report stated that Anthony Randolph had gained around 15-20 pounds so far this summer (which would take his 225lb. frame to 240-45, 6'11" free agent center: Nene weighs in at 250 pounds). As such, Randolph could be the starting center next season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves want to run a fast-break offense next season with all the quick versatile players on the roster. A starting lineup of Rubio, Johnson, Beasley, Love & Randolph could very well be our TWolves starters. Otherwise the Timberwolves will be starting Darko Milicic or Brad Miller down low--not exactly attractive options.
If Randolph isn't the starting center next season, he would likely be just a role player as rookie Derrick Williams is the likely sixth man behind Michael Beasley at the 3 while also taking time behind Love at the 4. There is certainly a logjam in the 3 & 4 positions for Minnesota--I wouldn't be surprised if the Wolves make a move or two once the lockout concludes. Of course, a lot hinges on who will be the head coach in Minnesota next season.
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