Zach Randolph is in the midst of another All-Star caliber season this year, averaging 20 points and 12.4 rebounds on the season for the Grizzlies.
Since Rudy Gay went down with his shoulder injury, Randolph has put the Grizzlies on his back and has embraced the role of leading the team. Z-Bo has been the model of consistency this season for Memphis, dropping 51 double-doubles so far this season, trailing only Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard and Kevin Love for those figures.
This season Randolph became the first player since 1970 to average at least 20 points and 13 rebounds and not be selected to the NBA All-Star game.
Although both of the Grizzlies' likely opponents for the first round have solid front courts, Randolph will definitely still cause trouble for the Spurs and Lakers, especially on the offensive end of the floor.
Randolph is also in the final year of his contract, meaning he will likely be playing at an even higher level knowing he could possibly earn more money as a free agent if he were able to lead Memphis to a historic first round upset and make a postseason run.
Even though it's unlikely Randolph will be able to carry the Grizzlies past the opening round of the postseason, I do expect him to be a huge factor in the team picking up the first victory or victories in franchise history.