Position: Power Forward
Experience: 4 Seasons
For four grueling seasons, Anthony Randolph has withstood the inconsistencies of a coach's decision-making. For every game in which Randolph would shine, the next day he would find the floor for less than 10 minutes.
That was the same with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The same under Don Nelson, Mike D'Antoni, Kurt Rambis and Rick Adelman.
In 2011-12, however, Randolph finally adjusted.
Despite facing the same inconsistency in minutes, Randolph finally developed a relatively consistent form of play. His Player Efficiency Rating sat at a career-best 17.60, which was a sign of how far he has come from a mental standpoint.
Now 23, Randolph has made the move to Denver. If the Oklahoma City Thunder are the best at drafting the hidden gems, then it should be known that George Karl and the Nuggets are at the top of developing those players.
JaVale McGee's tale of two half-seasons should be evidence enough.
When the Nuggets acquired Randolph, it was unclear what his role would be. Although he fits the young and athletic dynamic of the Nuggets' roster, there was uncertainty as to how he'd fit into the rotation with Al Harrington on the roster.
The Nuggets made quick work of that concern when they included Harrington in their trade for Andre Iguodala.
This opens the door for Randolph to be the number one rotational big man coming off of the bench. He'll receive the opportunities he deserves due to his size and ability to run the floor, which should make him a favorite of both Ty Lawson and Andre Miller.
His numbers will improve across the board, the Denver Nuggets will make the postseason and Anthony Randolph will finally garner the recognition he deserves.
2011-12 Season Averages
17.60 PER, 15.2 MPG, 7.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.0 BPG