As soon as the news broke that Andre Iguodala was no longer a Denver Nugget, the clock started ticking. With most of the top-tier talent already scooped up by other teams, the Nuggets started making some seemingly desperate moves and ended up filling out the roster with cheaper free agents. Iguodala left a hole in the backcourt and thus Randy Foye was brought in to somehow help fill that void.
Brian Shaw has actually mentioned that Foye is one of the top candidates to be starting at the shooting guard position next season. Foye certainly doesn’t have the defensive presence of Iguodala. He is not as big, strong or athletic and is slightly undersized at 6′ 4″. He will not be the guy Shaw throws at the toughest perimeter player in every single game, but he can still hold his own on the defensive end and is relatively consistent.
Now onto why Foye was actually signed by the Nuggets – his shooting touch. It’s no secret that Denver lacked any kind of consistent perimeter threat last season. Foye shot a career-high 5.3 three-pointers per game last season, connecting on 41% of his attempts. He moves well off the ball and is excellent in catch-and-shoot situations. He is known for being a streaky shooter and when he gets it going he can put up points on the board in a hurry.
Foye is not a good rebounder and his assist numbers are not pretty. He is not necessarily a terrible passer but doesn’t really handle the ball enough to make plays for his teammates. With Ty Lawson running the show at the point, Foye is unlikely to give those numbers a boost.
Foye averaged 27.4 minutes per game with the Utah Jazz last season and it’s not unreasonable to predict that his playing time will be similar with his new team. Being one of the few excellent shooters the Nuggets have at their disposal, Foye is more likely than not to find himself in crunch time lineups and should have an overall positive influence on the team this upcoming season.
15. Anthony Randolph
14. Quincy Miller
13. Timofey Mozgov
12. Jordan Hamilton
11. Randy Foye
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