The Memphis Grizzlies wallopped the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday Night, 121-91, and reporters got quite an interesting quote from Zach Randolph, who had 17 points in 17 minutes.
As he continues to acclimate into his role of coming off the bench, ZBo torched a less-than-stellar Sixers defense to the tune of 17 points on 6/9 shooting, including a staggering 4/6 from downtown.
“I’m like an iguana, I adapt,” said Randolph to reporters after they asked him about his increased range.
When it comes to big men shooting threes, Randolph is as far down the list as he can get. Through his 15-year career, the 6’9 forward has attempted 488 threes and knocked down just 26 percent of them. Although 488 is a decent amount, Randolph is known for banging bodies in the paint and being a bully on the glass.
It’s refreshing to see him open to changing his game as the NBA is shifting. Now, more and more big men are becoming comfortable shooting threes, and it’ll give the Grizzlies a reason to give ZBo more playing time if he hits them on a consistent basis.
If Randolph were to turn into a reliable guy deep, Memphis would greatly appreciate. Their three-point offense was God-awful last season, and their collective clip of 33 percent ranked second-to-last in the association.
Data courtesy of Basketball-Reference
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