4. Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph is another veteran player that can show the ropes to the young puppies in Phoenix. At 35 years old, Randolph started to come off the bench this season for the Memphis Grizzlies. His statistics still shined, scoring 14.1 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game. Randolph’s presence in the post and on the glass can really help out a young Phoenix Suns’ team.
With Bender and Chriss in the fold, the Suns are unlikely to re-sign Alex Len, who’s a restricted free agent. They’ll need to add more size in their interior and adding Z-Bo via free agency would be a great move for a young team.
It’s true, Randolph isn’t a 20-10 player anymore and is getting up there in age. The Tyson Chandler experiment didn’t work out that well for the Suns, but this one has the chance to be a hit. Randolph can continue to come off the bench, like he did under David Fizdale.
Z-Bo could also be the perfect mentor to these young, 19-year old kids who are trying to become professionals in the NBA. There’s no better example on how to be a hard-working, dedicated pro than Randolph.
The Grizzlies’ big man can also be a viable scoring option off the bench. Brandon Knight is all the Suns have off the bench, averaging 11.0 points per game, but if the Suns are able to add another threat in their second unit, it could make them even more deadly.
More veterans in the locker room can only bode well for Earl Watson’s young group of guys. Watch out for a possible marriage between Randolph and the Suns this summer.