Zach Randolph Is a 2010 All-Star

Jeff AxelContributor IDecember 26, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots over Josh Powell #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers on November 6, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-98.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Zach Randolph has always been an extremely talented offensive player ever since he entered the NBA with Portland in 2001. With steady improvement every year in scoring average things were looking positive in Portland. But his off the court troubles including underage drinking, and a fight with former teammate Rueben Patterson was quickly tarnishing his reputation into a thug. It was affecting his reputation on the court also as a black hole on the offensive end and a mediocre defender.

But you can't take away his great offensive prowess. He's a 6'10 player who can hit a 15 foot jumper, hit the 3 and has a great post game. After stops at New York, and the LA Clippers his numbers improved and he became a player who was very capable of averaging 20 and 10. I personally want to know why he isn't mentioned with the best powere forwards in the game. It seems like he's finding his niche in Memphis. People were saying "there aren't enough balls" for all of their offensive talent but ever since they have gotten rid of Allen Iverson Randolph and the team are playing improved basketball and are in the playoff hunt out west.

Randolph is second on the team in scoring with 19.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 11 rpg while shooting an efficient 51 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the line. He has had some monster games of 32 points and 24 rebounds against the Nuggets and 33 points and 18 rebounds against the Warriors. I personally think he could average more if he didn't have gay or mayo on the team because they take a lot of shots. He has lost about 25 pounds to show that he was serious about this season and the weight loss seems like it's paying off. I think behind Dirk Nowitzki Randolph is playing the 2nd best basketball at the Power Forward position in the west. So looking like he is trying to clean up his image earlier in his career as a ballhog with an attitude problem I think Zach Randolph should be an All-Star for the first time in his career because the way he's playing he deserves it.