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Nuggets get more athletic, sign Anthony Randolph to deal

Jul 18, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

Roy Hibbert, Anthony Randolph AP

Anthony Randolph tempts you because he puts up a few points — 7.4 a game last season, more than 11 a game a couple stretches in his career — blocks some shots and gets you some boards. He has handles, he can run the floor. He’s got a good PER (17.6 last season) and you see even more potential for the guy who turns 23 next season.

We’ll see if George Karl can draw that out of him, because after wooing him on Tuesday then cutting Chris Andersen loose via amnesty, the Nuggets have signed him, according to the Denver Post.

Randolph with JaVale McGee in front of him will give the Nuggets about as athletic a front line as there is in the league. McGee has a five-year, $50 million deal from the Nuggets on the table but is looking for a bigger offer around the league.

With Karl as coach and the Nuggets up-tempo style of play, Randolph could have a big year. They need to keep him near the basket and away from long jumpers, get him running and finishing the break not hanging around outside. He doesn’t have the gifts of McGee but he has the potential to be a better player than he has shown to be. I like that fit.

  1. minnesotablizzard - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Randolph has already failed for Adelman and Nellie. If those guys couldnt get anything out of him I doubt anyone will. He displays terrible body language as he languishes at the end of the bench, doesnt even pay attention during team timeouts/huddles. He is just a guy, much like Beasley, that doesnt “get it”. The most annoying part was when he came in during garbage time and sounded like a tennis player…constantly yelling/grunting as he drove to the basket for a contested and missed lay up.

    • minnesotablizzard - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      In fact in the pictured being used he is probably doing one of his annoying screams as he launches up an ill advised shot.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        I did think it was pretty funny that the best picture they could find of him was a clean rejection LOL.

  2. gamedate15 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I’m already excited about this nuggets season!

  3. kevin0822 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I’ve been to several Wolves games and all you have to do and watch the pre-game warmups and then watch his body language during the game and you can see why A.R. is all potential … and that’s it. He has the heart of a mouse… and gives very little consistent effort. Looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane…

  4. mcsuave1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    and to think the Knicks got rid of him in a trade for a # 1 draft pick to use in the Carmelo deal, and then refuse to sign him as a young back up. guess they would rather groom old guys like Camby & Thomas.

  5. dcdebacle - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    mcgee just signed for 4 year/$44 million.

  6. gamedate15 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    This coming nuggets season should have me excited with their talent level.

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