Minnesota Timberwolves: Will Newcomer Anthony Randolph Help the Frontcourt?

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Anthony Randolph #4 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Orlando Magic during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on December 5, 2009 in Oakland, California. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Anthony Randolph and his talents were shipped to the Land of 10,000 Lakes last night for the price of a decent player in Corey Brewer.

In the blockbuster deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, a place where Randolph struggled to find a niche, the Wolves find themselves with a power forward who is bound to flourish in the great state of Minnesota.

He immediately provides athleticism that is not found in other guys like Anthony Tolliver, and will suddenly become a legitimate backup to our All-Star, Kevin Love.

The thing that makes the 6'11," 225 pound Randolph unique is his ability to create and knock down jumpers from just about anywhere on the hardwood.

When taking a look at the statistical side of his game, one might determine that he didn't do his share with the Knicks. I'm here to tell you that is not altogether true, as it seems by looking at how often he played that he wasn't even given a chance to begin with.

In 33 games last season he averaged 11.6 points in 22 minutes for the Golden State Warriors.

Conversely, when he averaged just seven minutes for the Knicks, his scoring average dwindled to just 2.5 points per game.

One knock against Randolph coming into the league was that he wasn't strong enough for the NBA's biggest, but he has matched up well against the best, a lot better than expected.

Another question mark is his defense. His body doesn't look like that of an average NBA power forward and he will be asked to improve his defense in Minnesota.

On the flip side, his blocking ability is one that may be needed to compliment Darko Milicic's tremendous ways. Randolph's career average is 1.2 in that department, an upgrade over Love's paltry 0.5 clip.

If the third-year man out of LSU is given a chance in Minnesota like he was last season in Oakland, make no mistake about it: he will instantly help the Timberwolves' frontcourt when given the chance.