K-DOT wrote:mpharris36 wrote:K-DOT wrote:Issue is he's a C on offense and a PF on defense
I mean, f*ck's sake, Knox played like half as many minutes and got 6 more blocks
He has things he does well, but not well enough to make up for his shortcomings. And building around him takes way too much effort to make it worthwhile
correct so when you already have core pieces like RJ and Mitch that don't mesh well with Randles skillset (no one is calling him a bum) he just doesn't really have a role on our team outside of racking up pts and rebs in losses.
We would be better off trying to build a semblance of an NBA roster. If we want Mitch/RJ to thrive we need to give them pieces that will compliment them and having Randle on the books just doesn't make a sense value wise. Like you said he would need a perfect environment to be successful but it makes no sense to tailor your team to his skillset which as you put it is a Center on offense but he provides no rim protection or interior defense to play that position on defense.
And most center can't shoot so right off the bat you would have two positions that limit your spacing...which is not good.
Like, if you look at the Pelicans when he was there, both AD and Jrue benefited from him being on the floor. He had his role, and he was very good at it, and the players around him were able to make up for his weaknesses
But when neither Jrue nor AD were on the floor with him, he was a negative player. He's not the type of player you build around, he's a complimentary piece at best. If RJ were much better and Mitch could shoot, he might be a decent fit, but that's not our situation, and you don't pay players like that 20 million a year, and there would be much better fits much cheaper. Like Morris would be a much better PF on almost any team in terms of fit. You just don't see players with his skillset as the #1 guy on top teams. Closest you could argue is Siakam, but that Raptors squad is really talented from top to bottom, plus they have those guys in Ibaka and Gasol who play the 5 on defense but step out and shoot 3s on offense
Hes the worst "best player on the team" in the league. Its not his fault he was put in a position that set him up to fail. It is so similar to the Tim Hardaway contract, he was solid in Atlanta as a 4th option, spark plug off the bench, that made a positive impact on the court in the right position. He came here and we needed him to be our 2nd option and he just fell flat on his face. Then we had to trade KP to get rid of him and clear capspace and he's back in a similar role he was in Atlanta and he's actually been a positive player for them.
Randle can be a contributor for a team, we just need WAY too much out of him here. Hopefully RJ can take a major leap and be our 1st option starting next year and Randle can settle into a lesser role.