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Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  31 responses

Zach Randolph on Josh Selby: ‘He’s the Steal of the Draft’


Josh Selby has been tearing up courts in exhibition games during the NBA lockout, and new teammate Zach Randolph likes what he sees. From the Commercial Appeal: “With the calendar working against them, league officials will soon cancel another week of preseason activity. A decision about an on-time start to the regular season will likely come next week if there’s no deal in place. Players who left college early to enter this year’s draft did so knowing there was a good chance their rookie seasons could be adversely affected by the lockout. But Selby hasn’t found life after college basketball too distressing even though he’s not sure when he might be able to sign his first NBA contract. Instead of looking for a place to live in Memphis and preparing for training camp, Selby has managed to crisscross the country to create a buzz with his performances in several NBA-caliber exhibition games. He had a 42-point, seven-assist outing in one game last month at the so-called ‘lockout’ league in Las Vegas. Selby has also toured with Carmelo Anthony’s Baltimore-based squad, picking up highlights and high praise from established NBA players along the way. ‘It’s a blessing to learn from guys who are where you want to be,’ Selby said. ‘I’ve been playing with All Stars. And they recognize talent. Players are players. If you can play a little bit then they take you under their wing.’ Selby’s spent most of his time this summer with the likes of Anthony, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. And it didn’t taken long for Griz pillars Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph to vouch for the 20-year-old Selby’s potential. ‘He’s the steal of the draft,’ Randolph said. ‘The young fella is going to help us.’”

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  • DieselMechanic

    Even when his stock was low I was very surprised to see him slip to the 2nd round.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    THIS IS WHAT IVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL EVERYONE. I COULD SEE HIS IMMENSE TALENT IN HIS FEW COLLEGE GAMES.

  • BRAVO

    the dude has crazy hops. may b like steve francis or better :O

  • robb

    BJennings’s scared

  • nkotb47

    why the lakers passed on this guy (twice i believe?) is a mystery.

  • T-Money

    i was mad when miami didn’t go for him (although i’m hearing great things about norris cole, who’s more of a classic 1). some guys are just not made for college ball, i remember rondo not being that impressive at kentucky too.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Hopefully they can trade conley..

  • DieselMechanic

    @robb: probably bc he cooks jennings on the regular.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Chef Selby ftw.

  • robb

    @DieselMechanic exactly!

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HE IS LIKE A MORE ATHLETIC GIL

  • T-Money

    caveman: easy now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    TMONEY, HES NOT AT MID 00′S GIL YET, BUT HE HAS THE STEEZ

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @T-Money – Norris Cole is nice.
    I was a little heated when the Heat got him, since I didn’t think they’d have a pick cause they had traded away their pick to Toronto. Who then traded it to Chicago. Who then traded it to Minnesota. Who then traded it back to Miami. Lol
    But the Heat got a good player, I’m excited to see him play.

  • MaxIsNative

    I disagree with all the above statements.

  • RaZkOL

    Norris Cole won’t touch the ball much anyway! he’s in Miami! neither will Selby. After Gay, Randolph, Mayo, Conley, Gasol, Henry,even Allen. Then he’ll get the scraps…. Maybe.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This kid is the next Chris Paul (with better defense)

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @JTaylor, except for the fact that Selby is not pass first…

  • bike

    Zach was totally stoned when he said this. Which means it’s true.

  • http://counterkicks.com Quinned

    yeah he’ll likely get unwarranted splinters in Memphis with the logjam on the wing

  • ab40

    The grizz have too many wing players who need minutes. Time for a trade to create some cap room for a player who won’t be playing in europe or china in two years: Marc Gasol

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Josh Selby (Rookie of the Year), Chris Bosh (MVP), LeBron James (most improved player)

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    I like how JTaylor’s sarcasm just whistles by everybody

  • BBaller

    Who is posting for JTaylor21, i know it’s not him. I thought SLAM sorted this ish out a few months back. That’s the 3rd post where Bosh is implied as next MVP, that’s not sarcasm, that’s just stupid, bored with the lockout trash. Anyways i know it’s not JT21, at least i hope not.

  • manigault

    we’ll see soon i hope but i think jajuan johnson is the steal of the draft

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    BBaller Bosh aint your mvp pick?

  • TestingSLAM

    @Max, Bosh had a better chance of MVP in Tdot.Don’t get me started on that concert performance last pre season, where he won MENBAP ie Most Embarrassing National Basketball Association Player! I had a lot of respect for him until that muscle flexing, disgraceful self exhibition. The epitome of arrogance and shameful behavior.

  • BBaller

    @Max, Bosh had a better chance of MVP in Tdot.Don’t get me started on that concert performance last pre season, where he won MENBAP ie Most Embarrassing National Basketball Association Player! I had a lot of respect for him until that muscle flexing, disgraceful self exhibition. The epitome of arrogance and shameful behavior.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That ain’t Taylor. And Slam hasn’t fixed this problem going on 5 years.

  • LP

    yall going off a few college games…when have yall seen Shelby play consistently against TRUE competition??? There are no minutes or touches for him in Memphis, if so, tell me where……he will ride pine, pause…Conley got pg locked down, they just extended his contract………..Shelby is nice, but not in Memphis.

  • http://tempdog1 JTaylor21

    Whats basketball?

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