Re: why do so many think that Fav will be our starting center?
posted at 8/13/2013 4:06 PM EDT
In response to Karllost's comment:
Over 16 regular-season appearances, Randolph averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds over 12.4 minutes. He grabbed 26.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds during his time on the floor and 22.4 percent of all caroms overall, which were the best numbers on the team, albeit in a small sample size of 198 minutes.
I thought Randolph got a raw deal last season... He played well enough for some minutes considering who played in front of him...
If Randolph played enough games to qualify for statistical leads, his 20.9 rebound rate and 17.2 offensive rebound rate would have cracked the top 10 in the NBA. Think about that, folks: this guy grabs over 20 percent of all missed shots while he's on the floor, and 17 percent of all possible rebounds on the offensive end. Fans almost came to expect second-chance opportunities from the big man.
Compare that to Fab Melo's 4.9 rebound rate, including 9.6 defensively and 0.0 offensively, and it seems like a no-brainer to keep Shav. Sure, Melo's 36 total minutes in 2012-13 is a limited body of NBA work, but the Brazilian even struggled to grab boards in the Orlando Summer League a few weeks ago. At some point, Ainge must pull the plug on the Fab "project" and let someone else patiently wait for his "development."
It would be silly to let Randolph slip away for a little over one million bucks. A rebuilding year would be the perfect time to equate a player with his basketball IQ and overall potential with rookie coach Brad Stevens' offensive scheme.
Many forget that Shav led the Chinese Basketball Association in scoring last season before joining Boston. He has an underrated skill set with the ball in his hands--just ask his former CBA head coach.
"If he is asked to start doing more offensively, he is really going to surprise some people with what he can do," said Norm deSilva, his Foshan Dralions coach last season, in a personal interview in March. "If he gets a chance to start a few games or play significant minutes, people are going to be very surprised at how well he shoots the ball from the outside, and his ability to spot up on the perimeter. He can really stretch the floor and present matchup problems for other big guys who have to come out and guard him."
DeSilva also pointed out Randolph's unusual combination of characteristics: large frame, strong motor and instinctive presence.
"Guys like Shav are so hard to find," deSilva told me. "He is very skilled and mobile for his size. He has a knack for finding a way to rebound against more athletic players, and is very difficult to guard when he faces up in the low post."
.... Crawford never really panned out with the Celtics. Sources suggest that Ainge would "love" to trade him, but it's been a little difficult to find suitors.
Boston should be able to find somebody by the end of the summer. Melo and Crawford both possess affordable expiring contracts. Even if Ainge can get second-round picks or cash for them, he should bite the bullet and make it happen.