#NuggetsRank No. 15: Anthony Randolph

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Every year around this time ESPN introduces its annual #NBARank series codifying all 500 players in the NBA from least to most valuable. Last year Roundball Mining Company decided to get in on the action and began ranking each of the players on the Denver Nuggets’ final 15-man roster in the same fashion. We’ve polled all seven of our writers, asking them to arrange each player on the Nuggets roster from one to 15 (one being the best, 15 the least valuable), then we added everyone’s scores together to come up with a single, definitive list of the 15 “most valuable” Denver Nuggets. Kicking things off this year is Anthony Randolph, who came in at No. 10 on last year’s list.

When the Nuggets initially signed Anthony Randolph I termed it Masai Ujiri’s “sports car” signing. He was someone the Nuggets didn’t necessarily need, but who looked good from afar. At the time, Randolph was coming off an impressive final month’s stint with the Timberwolves where he averaged 11 points, five boards and over two blocks per game. During that time he also submitted 28 and 22-point games over the last two weeks of the season. Given that Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov had both underwhelmed the season prior to Randolph’s arrival, many fans were excited at the idea of seeing him in the rotation, even if it was only for 15 minutes per game.

Unfortunately for Randolph, things didn’t quite pan out as he had likely hoped after signing a three-year, $6 mil contract in July 2012. A few months later, Kosta Koufos came into training camp with a new-found appetite for destruction which pushed presumed starter JaVale McGee to the backup big man role, therefore eliminating virtually all minutes given to those over 6-8 in George Karl’s diminutive run-and-gun offense. Randolph saw increased minutes in the final month of the season and even received playing time in a few playoff games; however, with the Nuggets making a clear-cut commitment to JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov this past summer, as well as bringing in Darrell Arthur and J.J. Hickson, it’s hard to imagine Randolph doing anything but riding pine, yet again, this upcoming season.

Randolph may never turn into the player he was once projected to be. His talent is undoubtedly still there, but with a handful of new power forwards entering the NBA every year, the amount of playing time to be distributed is perpetually dwindling. At only 24, Randolph still has time to reach the pinnacle of his abilities, but given everything that’s transpired over the last year, it’s hard to see that happening in a Nuggets uniform.

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15. Anthony Randolph

  • Fraser Nixon

    Seems right, Stuck behind 4 big men in the rotation, and with Will and Gallo having the ability to play 4 it doesn’t seem like there are any minutes for Randolph

  • CD Pascual

    Right on about the “didn’t necessarily need” part. Randolph was supposed to be Karl’s next reclamation project, but that vision got hit by a wrench when:

    1)Mozzy got resigned to a $15M deal
    2)Hickson was signed
    3)Koufos was traded BUT for a power forward
    4)and of course, Karl was fired
    The good thing is that Randolph still has a lot of potential to become a solid player, but sadly I don’t see Denver as where he can fulfill that. Being the fourth PF in a rotation is a nightmare for him.

    Expect a trade where he is sent to a team having a dearth in PFs.

  • dynamo.joe

    Better than Foye or Arthur have ever been in their respective careers and was actually a starting caliber big in GSW.
    Probably were closer to being right last year with 10. There isn’t a lot of difference between him and Mozgov in overall production.

  • Robin GRAVES

    I’m not sure how you put him last when Mozzy is still on the roster.