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Anthony Randolph
Anthony Randolph cropped.jpg
Golden State Warriors  – No. 4
Power forward
Born July 15, 1989 (1989-07-15) (age 20)
West Germany
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,837,560
High school Woodrow Wilson (Dallas)
College LSU
Draft 14th overall, 2008
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2008present
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Anthony Erwin Randolph, Jr. (born July 15, 1989)[1] is an American professional basketball player who plays power forward for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Germany to two parents who served in the military there, Randolph's family eventually relocated to the United States, where he grew up in Pasadena, California. The family later moved to Dallas, Texas, where Randolph soon became a standout at Woodrow Wilson High School, eventually being recruited by the Louisiana State Tigers. After one year, Randolph left college and entered the 2008 NBA Draft, where he was chosen as the fourteenth pick overall by Golden State.

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Biography

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Early life

Anthony Erwin Randolph, Jr. was born to Anthony and Crystal Randolph in West Germany, where both of his parents served in the military.[1] Randolph spent the first year of his life in Germany before his family moved to Pasadena, California, where he spent the majority of his childhood.[1] Randolph attended schools in Pasadena as well as Little Rock, Arkansas before heading to Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas for his junior year.[2] Randolph's mother decided the school he was attending in Arkansas was not right for him because of the differences he had with the coach and in school.[3] At the time he was a virtually unknown player.[3] Pat Washington, Randolph's high school coach, stated that while Randolph was athletically gifted he needed a lot of work on skills such as ball handling, shooting, etc.[3] Washington also spoke of a technique the team had in workouts called the "LAB," where the basic rules were that all players in play were required to never stop running under any circumstances, and if the ball was turned over at any point the player was to run back on defense immediately.[3] The technique might have contributed to Randolph's later defensive prowess, as he has been known to hustle back after turnovers for defensive stops in his professional career. In high school, Randolph played all five positions on the floor.[3] During his senior season, Randolph's team did not qualify for a playoff position, which coach Washington attributed to bad chemistry.[3] Washington called the team very talented and referred to Randolph as the best player on the roster but stated that "as time went by jealousy and agendas set in and took over."[3] Playing under coach Pat Washington, Randolph averaged 25.8 points and 12.6 rebounds as a senior.[2] Although Randolph was named to the first team All-Area Dallas Morning News boys basketball team, played in the Reebok Round Ball Classic in Chicago and the Adidas Derby Festival Classic in Kentucky (leading all scorers in both games), he was not chosen to play in the McDonald's All-American Game his senior year.[2][3]

College

Glen "Big Baby" Davis had just left Louisiana State University's (LSU) basketball team as well as seven-foot center Magnum Rolle, who mysteriously transferred to Louisiana Tech, leaving the team with only two bigs, one being a junior college transfer.[3] Due to this fact, LSU told Randolph that if he joined their team, he could possibly play right away as a freshman.[3] Washington said that Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, and Texas were also interested in recruiting Randolph.[3] Though Memphis was Randolph's early choice in the recruitment process, he wanted to attend a school where he could play big minutes, which he figured he probably would not get to do at Memphis since the team's roster was so deep at the time.[3] Randolph made an impact in college right away, as he had six blocks in just his third game during his freshman season.[2] During his lone season at LSU, Randolph earned Honorable Mention All-SEC and First Team All-Freshman Team honors.[4] Randolph was the only LSU Tiger to start all thirty-one games in his freshman season, and averaged 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.13 steals, and 2.26 blocks per contest.[2][4] Although the team only ended the season with a 13-18 record, Randolph finished strong by averaging 20.1 points during the last nine games of the year.[2] Randolph also ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding and blocked shots, twelfth in scoring, and posted nine double-doubles his freshman season.[4]

Pro career

Randolph defends Zach Randolph in a game during his rookie season.

Knowing there was a good chance he would be chosen in the first round, Randolph declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft at the end of his freshman year at LSU.[5] Some projected Randolph to go high in the year's draft because of his versatility and potential, while his detractors thought he might drop because of his thin frame and raw overall game.[6][7] In either case, many believed Randolph could be the steal of the draft with his talent and tremendous potential.[8] In the draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Randolph with the fourteenth overall pick.[4] The Warriors were coming off a disappointing 2007-08 season where the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs despite finishing the year with a 48-34 win-loss record.[9] Early in his rookie season, Randolph received a minimal amount of playing time, causing some to question his attitude and work ethic, or if a possible rift might be developing between him and head coach Don Nelson.[10] Many of the Warriors' main rotation players suffered injuries throughout Randolph's rookie campaign, and the team ended the season with only a 29-53 record.[11] Nonetheless, the Warriors did play a fairly strong second half of the season, including Randolph, who averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals over the last twelve games of the year.[11]

After attending a Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs playoff game during the Warriors' offseason, Randolph became motivated to improve his play, hitting the gym hard to prepare for the following season.[12] Randolph's efforts first began to reward him in that year's Summer League being held in Las Vegas, Nevada where he not only began to dominate consistently but was also referred to by various sportswriters as being the best talent in the entire Summer League.[13][14] Among other highlights, including a then-Summer League record tying 42-point explosion in game four against the Chicago Bulls' Summer League team, Randolph was invited to attend the USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp following his dominant Summer League performance.[15][16] Though many believed Randolph was a lock to win Summer League MVP, the honor was given to 2009 first overall pick Blake Griffin.[17] On October 14, 2009 the Warriors extended Randolph's contract until the end of the 2010-11 NBA season.[18]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Statistics correct as of July 11, 2009[19]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Golden State 63 22 17.9 .462 .000 .716 5.8 0.8 .7 1.2 7.9
2009–10 Golden State 33 8 22.7 .443 .200 .801 6.5 1.3 .8 1.5 11.6
Career 96 29 19.6 .454 .111 .758 6.0 0.9 .7 1.3 9.2

Player profile

Randolph, listed at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg),[19] is considered to possess excellent speed, athleticism, and ball handling skills for a player of his size. Though Randolph's career is only in its early stages, he has been compared favorably to fellow NBA players Kevin Garnett, Lamar Odom, Chris Bosh, and Tayshaun Prince because of his on-court abilities and potential.[6][20]

Off the court

Randolph has a younger sister, Ashley, as well as a younger brother, Robert.[1] Randolph has said that he enjoys fishing and is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "NBA.com : Anthony Randolph Bio Page". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/anthony_randolph/bio.html. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Anthony Randolph Pictures, News and Video — NewsFollow". NewsFollow.com. http://www.newsfollow.com/the-raw-feed/anthony-randolph. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Warriorsworld — Interview with Pat Washington — Anthony Randolph's High School Coach". WarriorsWorld.net. 2009-06-29. http://www.warriorsworld.net/news/latest/interview-with-pat-washington---anthony-randolphs-high-school-coach.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d "WARRIORS: Warriors Add Anthony Randolph And Richard Hendrix In 2008 NBA Draft". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/Warriors_2008_Draft_Release.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ "LSU's Randolph declares himself eligible for NBA Draft — NCAA Division I Mens Basketball — CBSS". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/10767874. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Anthony Randolph — NBADraft.net". NBADraft.net. http://www.nbadraft.net/players/anthony-randolph. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  7. ^ Ford, Chad (2008-06-23). "Chad Ford's Mock Draft, Version 6.0: Picks 1-30 - NBA — ESPN". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=MockDraft-080623. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Hoops Addict >> An Inside Look At Anthony Randolph". HoopsAddict.com. http://www.hoopsaddict.com/2008/06/10/an-inside-look-at-anthony-randolph. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  9. ^ "2007-08 Golden State Warriors Roster and Statistics — Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/GSW/2008.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  10. ^ Hu, Janny (2009-01-04). "SFGate : Randolph hopes to work his way out of doghouse". SFGate.com. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/03/SPKT15384J.DTL. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  11. ^ a b "WARRIORS: 2008-09 Season In Review". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/200809_season_in_review.html. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  12. ^ Thompson II, Marcus (2009-06-15). "Randolph bigger, vows to be better — ContraCostaTimes.com". ContraCostaTimes.com. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_12596651?source=rss&nclick_check=1. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  13. ^ Arnovitz, Kevin (2009-07-12). "Saturday Summer League Roundup — TrueHoop By Henry Abbott — ESPN". ESPN.com. http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-42-60/Saturday-Summer-League-Roundup.html. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  14. ^ Kawakami, Tim. "Randolph's 42: It's just Summer League, but yes, he's a major Warriors centerpiece : Talking Points". San Jose Mercury News. http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2009/07/15/randolphs-42-its-just-summer-league-but-yes-hes-a-major-warriors-centerpiece. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  15. ^ "NBA.com Randolph Ravages Bulls For 42 Points". NBA.com. 2009-07-14. http://www.nba.com/summerleague2009/games/20090714/GSWCHI/recap.html. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  16. ^ "WARRIORS: Anthony Randolph Invited To Attend USA Basketball Mini-Camp". NBA.com. 2009-07-20. http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/randolph_team_usa_minicamp_072009.html. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  17. ^ Mutoni, Marcel (2009-07-20). "SLAM ONLINE : >> Even the Summer League Has an MVP 'Controversy'". SLAM Magazine. http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/07/even-the-summer-league-has-an-mvp-controversy. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  18. ^ "NBA.com: Warriors exercise their options on Wright, Randolph". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/2009/news/10/14/warriors.moves.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  19. ^ a b "NBA.com : Anthony Randolph Career Stats Page". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/anthony_randolph/career_stats.html. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  20. ^ "Anthony Randolph is a Future All Star : Empty the Bench". EmptytheBench.com. 2009-02-26. http://www.emptythebench.com/2009/02/26/anthony-randolph-is-a-future-star. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 

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