Anthony Randolph impressing his coach
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Stop us if you've heard this one before -- Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph is set to be a key contributor this season. Making that claim this time is new Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, who was talking Randolph up Monday.
"There's a logjam at our 'big' position," Shaw told the Denver Post. "But he's one of the guys I would say is making the most of his opportunity."
Randolph, who has averaged single digits in scoring in four of his five NBA seasons, has impressed his coach with his ability to stretch the floor, a trait sorely lacking in the Nuggets' crowded frontcourt.
"Most people probably wouldn't believe it, but he's probably been our most consistent outside shooter throughout camp," Shaw said.
Randolph has been pressed into duty at small forward at times in the preseason, a spot he might be able to find time at once the season starts, if the team's injury concerns continue. He scored 16 points at small forward against the Clippers earlier in the preseason.
"I like his versatility," Shaw said. "He can basically play the three, four and some five in certain situations. His length can bother people defensively, but he just kind of floats, and I think part of that is because he doesn't have a natural position. Part of me wants to say, 'This is what you are.' But I think that would take away from other areas to use the versatility that he has."
Randolph averaged just 3.7 points in 8.4 minutes per game a year ago.