Money_ wrote:Except Wiseman already shows 10x the upside than Randolph ever did. Randolph was a loose cannon always trying to play outside of his skill set or positional expectations. Wiseman has shown me much more than that in glimpses. We won't know or even get an idea of where he can go until we see him play 40-65 more games. I'm predicting that he will have much more value than an Anthony Randolph when all is said and done. He just needs to stay on the floor. The guy has spent so much time injured.
Rookie Anthony Randolph was a better player than Rookie Wiseman, played in a free for all system and he shown more intensity and basketball instincts.
From Basketball Reference
Anthony Randolph 16.9 PER, -1.5 OPM -0.8 DPM -2.3 BPM
James Wiseman 13.1 PER -4.0 OPM -1.4 DPM -5.4 BPM
The issue of "doing too much" Anthony Randolph had is common for any big toolsy player. Demarcus Cousins his first 3 years in the NBA was "doing too much", he was bringing the ball up the court and taking jumpers and it worked out for his development.
It's a matter of, do you want your lottery picks to be all-star/MVP type players or you want them to fit into a role. If you want a role player, then coach them like a role player and give them role player expectations.
According to the stats, Randolph's first two years with the Warriors were not objectively bad for a young player. There was something to work with. Once Nellie destroyed his confidence and put him in the dog house, he flamed out the NBA because no other team was invested in developing with him and his "doing too much" became a hinderance. They wanted to run the floor and block shots when he's not that type of player. He always was more of a wing than big man.
As a mature player in the Euroleague, Anthony Randolph is more like a Rashard Lewis/Kevin Durant than a Serge Ibaka.