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Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  14 responses

Zach Randolph: Best Season By a Grizzly Ever?

The Commerial Appeal makes the argument that Z-Bo — who very few predicted would be anything but an out and out disaster in Memphis this year — may have had the greatest individual season in team history: “About 15 franchise records tied or broken and seven months later, Randolph is about to finish what he started in Birmingham, Ala. The Grizzlies will try again to secure their first non-losing season in four years tonight when they face the Denver Nuggets on the road in the Pepsi Center. No matter what happens in the Grizzlies’ final two games, Randolph is winding down arguably the greatest single-season performance of any player to work for the franchise in its 15-year history. Heck, one would have a tough time arguing that any other player in a Grizzlies uniform did more to impact the team’s record. That’s not a slight to former Griz forwards Shareef Abdur-Rahim or Pau Gasol. It can be stated as fact given Randolph’s productivity. Randolph leads the team in double-doubles with a team-record and career-high 56. Only Orlando’s Dwight Howard owns more. Roughly 78 percent of the Grizzlies’ victories (40) have come when Randolph has scored at least 20 points. ‘There are guys who put up numbers and don’t win. That was the knock on me,’ said Randolph, who will finish with his fourth straight NBA season with a double-double average. ‘People said he averaged a double-double but he’s always on a losing team. It would be nice to finish at least .500. It’s been nice being in the right team situation. I felt like this fit like a puzzle. I’m in my prime. I feel like I’m in the best stage of my career as far as playing.”‘

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  • Joey E

    This is what Isiah had in mind…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    The question posed by this headline might be the saddest question ever asked.

  • Homie

    Tell me about it Ryan. Although I think Z-Bo has a way to go before he touches Doug West’s record of “most beers consumed upon being notified of being traded to the Grizzlies”. That records’ pretty much untouchable.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    And it’s a sad testament to the organization.

  • Ghost (of Roy Tarpley)

    Way to go Z-bo! Here’s an assignment for Slam. Best season by a former Knick. Who, after being traded from the Knick, proceeded to explode into all-star caliber play, only to leave the knicks with a depleted roster and maxed out cap

  • vanillagorrila

    he still needs really good defensive centers/forwards to make up for the fact he doesn’t contest any shots and is 6’9 without much athleticism but he is definitely a valuable asset now.

  • Roc

    Z-bo is a man in his prime. Truth is, he is the best true PF in the league. If Memphis would have picked Tyreke or Curry in the draft, they would be in the playoffs this year.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Z-Bo has ALWAYS been a valuable asset. He’s always been a phenomenal player but the media (*cough* SLAM, *cough* Ryan Jones) has bashed him repeatedly. The public has been h@ting on this guy for a long time, even when he was averaging 20 and 10. He was just this good last year for the Knicks before being traded, but nobody cared until he cracked an All-Star team.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    He didn’t crack the allstar team until his 20-10 numbers were an asset, instead of being this black hole where the ball would go and never come out of; the blatent 3 pt shooting attempts he used to be a PF wearing the SGs number. He IS a different player than in previous seasons by far.

  • Michael Scorn

    Is there a prize for that?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Don’t go near Teddy. He’s got swine flu.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    *cough*

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