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Have a little more patience with Randolph

Why are people so quick to put Randolph on the trade block, just because he didn't average a double-double in 22 minutes a game this year? People are expecting too much from Randolph too soon in his career. Not all guys come into the league and show consistency right away. The guy is ONLY 20 years old. He's still a KID. Curry is also still a kid, but he is more mature and played college ball for 3 years and got to learn a lot in those 3 years. Randolph on the other hand only stayed in college for one year (he should have stayed longer), and is still learning a lot.

Why do so many act as if he had a dissappointing second year in terms of his play? He actually had a solid second year in my opinion. 11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 1.5 bpg in 22.7 mpg is pretty good for a second year power forward who is ONLY 20. I think many people on here are really underestimating his performance in the 33 games he played in this year. A lot of people thought he would be a 15 and 10 guy in his second year, and anything short of that is considered a down year.

If you take a look at some guys who are good now at the power forward spot, they didn't play great right away. Some examples are Jermaine O'Neal (took him about 5 years to become good, and when he did, he was an all star), Josh Smith (had very similar stats to AR in his second year, but played 10 more minutes per game), David West (he didn't blossom until he got 30 plus minutes per game in his third year), Al Jefferson (Same deal as West), and Andray Blatche (Once he started playing 30 plus minutes per game when Jamison was traded, he became a major threat at the 4). Randolph is younger than those guys were when they broke out by a few years, which means he is ahead of most of them in terms of production at the beginning of their careers. Just because Randolph didn't go crazy and explode right away like KG, Duncan, Bosh, and Stoudemire did, doesn't mean he isn't going to be a star player.

Randolph only played 33 games this year, so his production was more than likely going to go up as the year went on and his minutes would have gone up. Next year he is probably going to get the chance to play 30 plus minutes a game, he'll probably get bigger and stronger, and it may be the year he breaks out. Even if it isn't, it doesn't mean that he won't break out and become the player that many people expect him to be. Don't worry about Randolph because he is right on track in where he is supposed to be in his development.  

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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