Randolph is grinding his way through his 13th season to better results than the prior year. The 32-year-old isn't shooting well, but is putting up big numbers. He's still the No. 2 scorer. He won't recede from that ranking as long as he demands the ball as much as he did in the first half.
Tayshaun Prince is becoming more of a wallflower than a glue guy. His offensive figures are below replacement rate while he shoots only on occasion.
Besides overcoming injuries, other noticeable team trends include lackluster play at home and slow pace. Mike Conley's style of offensive leadership doesn't change.
Following are the most important indicators from the season's first half.
*Statistics are current through Jan. 19 games. Unless otherwise noted, advanced metrics come from basketball-reference.com.