Monday, December 31, 2007

Anthony Randolph - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 15.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.1 spg, 3.0 t/o's, 46% FG, 10% 3's, 69% FT

About Him: Despite putting up very good numbers this season and being projected as a top 10 pick in the draft, Anthony Randolph has managed to stay well under the radar. Randolph is still very raw as a player, but given what he can do now, as an 18 year old, he has scouts salivating. He is 6'11" with a huge wingspan, left-handed, explosive off the floor, excellent at running the floor, and he has a quick first step. He has the ability to grab a rebound and take the ball coast-to-coast and finish, impressively dribbling in and around traffic. He is also skilled at creating his own shot facing a defender up in the halfcourt. As a lefty, he is very good going to his right. With his back to the basket he has a decent array of post moves, but they are mostly finesse moves as Randolph is still much to slender to bully a bigger defender in the post. The form on his jump shot is not very good, but he can knock them down consistently out to about 15 feet. Essentially, his offense game lacks any feel or advanced skills, but he has survived because of his immense physical talents. He has a ways to go defensively as well. He is very good at reading the offensive players and coming off his man to block a shot or get a steal, but when it comes to defending 1-on-1, he struggles. He does not have very good foot work when defending on the perimeter and gets beat up on the block because he is just not physically strong enough. He is definitely a project, but has a very high ceiling.

Comparisons: Lamar Odom, Chris Bosh, Jonathon Bender

Bottom Line: Right now NBA teams love tall, lanky combo forwards that have perimeter skills. Randolph fits that to a T, but he has a long way to go before he becomes any more than a player with potential.

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