Stats: | 22.0 MPG | 1.4 PPG | 1.8 RPG | 0.1 APG | 0.1 BPG | 0.2 SPG | 50.0 FG% |
Shavlik Randolph joined the Suns later in the season, and he played in fewer games than any other Suns player. However, the veteran big man certainly impacted the direction of the team, through his experience as a veteran and filling in when needed. While his numbers wont blow anyone away, Shavlik Randolph absolutely played a part in the Suns’ great turnaround, and he even had a couple of solid outings to go along with it.
Shavlik Randolph had a relatively quiet season, only playing a total of 95 minutes between 14 games. However, what Randolph did provide was a veteran presence that was certainly helpful at times, considering that the Suns had one of the youngest rosters in the entire NBA. While Randolph’s numbers dipped from the year before, he was still able to contribute at times, and when Randolph played at least five minutes, the Suns went 6-3.
Shavlik Randolph had his best game of the year against the Los Angeles Clippers, when he scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Randolph led the team with a plus/minus of +18, and he did not commit a single turnover on the night. This game occurred when Miles Plumlee was out with a sprained right knee, and Randolph certainly took advantage of the opportunity he was given, albeit in a losing effort.
One of Randolph’s biggest strengths was his ability to effectively use his size, in scoring and rebounding. In his seven NBA seasons, Randolph shot at least 45% from the field five times, and he shot at least 50% from the field three times. Every year, Randolph has averaged at least 10.5 rebounds per 40 minutes, especially in the 2008-2009 season when he averaged 19.5 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Randolph showed some improvement as a defender this year, especially in a couple of big games when he was asked to fill in for the injured Miles Plumlee. Randolph also shot his best free-throw percentage from the line since his rookie season (minimum 5 attempts), although he was still fairly inconsistent from the charity-stripe.
Shavlik Randolph has a few key weaknesses that have really limited him over his career. To start, Randolph did not attempt or make a single basket outside of the paint, meaning that teams were able to play way off of him, whenever he was in the game. Additionally, Randolph only shot 54.5% from the free-throw line, which ranked 15th on the Suns for the entire season (only beating out Slava Kravtsov). Randolph really needs to improve his scoring ability and his mobility, if he is going to continue to find a spot on a NBA roster.
Future with the Team:
Randolph’s future on the team is certainly in doubt, especially considering that if the team chooses to pick him up for the next season, they will owe him more than $1.2 million. That being said, the veteran presence that Randolph has provided may be enough to keep him around, but it doesn’t seem very likely that he will be a part of the Suns’ long term plans.