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Mike D'Antoni on Anthony Randolph's role with the new Knicks

Jul 17, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

arand.jpgWhen the Knicks acquired Anthony Randolph in a sign-and-trade for David Lee, there was a lot of discussion about how he’d fit into D’Antoni’s system. Randolph has been the subject of a million discussions about the possibility of running point forward, and when he was moved to D’Antoni’s club those discussions exploded.

Randolph carries with him both a good and bad tag. He’s capable of working at multiple positions which makes him versatile. He also hasn’t excelled at any one particular position and struggles with awareness. He can become lost very easily, but that may be a product of Don Nelson’s questionable development track.

At summer league in Las Vegas, I asked D’Antoni where Randolph fits in with this Knicks club, and the answer was clear, D’Antoni knows Randolph’s value lies in his versatility.

“He’s a multi-position player that has a world of talent whose athleticism is off the charts. He’s only played two years in the league and just turned 21. There’s a lot of positives and we’ll figure out where we fit him in, and figure out what the best position is for him, but he can play a lot of places. “

Under D’Antoni’s seven seconds or left, the idea of a pick and roll using Randolph as ball handler with Amar’e Stoudemire could be a devastating combo. He’ll need to improve in several areas, but with the work that D’Antoni was able to do with Boris Diaw at multiple possessions, there’s a good chance this could be one of the more exciting combinations in the league.

Randolph is full of untapped potential and needs the right opportunity to utilize what he has: versatility. There may be no better place for him than New York.

  1. Craig W. - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Is Anthony Randolph really a Lamar Odom type of player? That would be a huge ‘get’ in D’Antoni’s system.

  2. mike - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    I see Randolph as the next Shawn Marion…

  3. Alex - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Please, he’s not the next Marion or Odom. He’s the next Randolph! Seriously, the athletic gifts he has are better than both Odom and Marion combined. IF he can harness them, these two will be in his rearview. Of course, that’s a HUGE if. Not sure he’s mature enough to realize what he has to do. We’ll see.

  4. Browny - Jul 17, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Though he doesn’t get many minutes, this guy is my favourite player. He can produce the most incredible stats, with a 30 points, or 15 rebounds, or 8 blocks, or 5 steals. He is seriously an incredible athlete, and I think D’Antoni is the ideal coach for him. Nelson had no idea.

  5. mike - Jul 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Shawn Marion w/ Mike D’Antoni as his coach averaged:
    19 points
    10 rebounds
    1.5 blocks
    2 steals
    2 assists
    IF Randolph can harness his abilities he will be somewhere near those lines…to ask anything more than that from a 21 year old kid who has not seen much of action is a little nuts…remember Mike D. favors vets who are less prone to mistakes (Duhon vs. Douglas for example…)

  6. tyrone - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    PBT is great but the copyrwriting needs work. It should be “seven seconds or less” not seven seconds or left and it should be “positions” not possessions.

  7. wwwtheKONGLISTcom - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    @tyrone My thoughts exactly! lol
    Anthony Randolph is a “freak-of-nature” I pray he will one day harness his skills and develop into an All-Star (his game reminds me of (Young Kevin Garnett/Young Kenyon Martin) instead of going backwards ala Eddy “McFlurry” Curry! Only time will tell…

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